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Restart Endpoints Remotely


The Action1 restart tool helps you reboot endpoints remotely, for example, in order to install updates or roll out new group policies. You can force reboot immediately or schedule it to a timeslot that will work both for you as an administrator and remote employee. Restarting managed workstations in a timely manner ensures that relevant updates get delivered on time and your infrastructure remains protected against malware attacks and system vulnerabilities.

To restart a remote endpoint:

  1. Navigate to the Endpoints page.
  2. Locate one or several endpoints you want to restart and select the Actions icon next to the endpoint name and specify Reboot. Or click New Policy and select Reboot from the drop-down list.

With a policy, you can create a workflow that ensures your endpoints get restarted according to a preset schedule. For more information, see Staying Compliant with Policies.

Endpoints dashboard

Complete the wizard:

1. On the Reboot step, choose if you want to warn users that reboot is coming. The notice will appear on their screens before the endpoints restart. You can keep a default text or enter any other text. Then, specify the message timeout. Make sure to provide enough time to allow users to save their work and prepare for restart.

Remotely restarting computers with Action1 - step 1

2. On the Select Endpoints step, check the endpoints you plan to reboot. You can include more endpoints by clicking Add Endpoints. Action1 enables you to add endpoints individually, or you can specify an endpoint group.

Reboot remote computer action - step 2

3. On the Schedule step, review your action and pick the right time to execute it. For example, you can force reboot immediately or pick a date and time. By default, Action1 will attempt to reboot the powered-off endpoints if they get back online within 24 hours time frame. Update this setting if necassary but make sure not to set the missing schedule time frame setting to an interval longer than the frequency of action execution (i.e., don’t set it to 48 hours if the action is executed every day). Once ready, click Finish.

Tip: Consider creating a policy, if you are looking for a way to schedule obligatory restarts.

Running a reboot action - step 3

4. After clicking Finish, you’ll find yourself on the Actions / History page. Here you’ll see the execution details. If you opted-in to execute the action later, you’ll find it on the Actions / Schedules page.

Restarting remote computers with Action1 - the History page