How to Restart Remote Computer on Windows Operating Systems
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February 15, 2019
There will be times as a Windows Administrator that you will need torestart remote computeror server. In this tutorial, I’ll show you two easy methods for rebooting remote computers.
A remote computer cannot be restarted using the command line if it is not configured properly and if it is not connected to the same network as another computer.
How to Enable Remote Reboot
To configure the computer you wish to reboot (hereinafter referred to as the remote computer), first open theStartmenu by clicking on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
In the Start menu search bar, type ‘services’ to find the Services utility.
When the search results appear, click on theServicesutility icon. (It looks like a gear and appears at the top of the Start menu.) A Services menu will open.
If you don’t see the Services icon, type ‘services.msc’ into the search bar and the Services menu will appear.
In the R section of the Services menu, scroll down and right click onRemote Registry.
Select thePropertiesicon. (It looks like a gray square and folder, and it is located under the View tab at the top of the window.) The Options window will open.
Open the start-up drop-down menu located in the middle of the window.
SelectAutomaticfrom the drop-down menu.
ClickOK(bottom of the window). The remote reboot function is now enabled on the computer.
How to Allow Remote Reboot in Firewall
Open the Start menu on a remote computer (not the computer from which the reboot command will be sent).
In the search bar of the Start menu, type ‘Firewall’ to find the Windows Firewall program.
Click theWindows Firewallicon located at the top of the Start menu. (It looks like a brick wall with a globe.)
ClickAllow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.You’ll find it in the upper left corner of the window.
A list of all programs and services will open.
Scroll down and find the “Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)”. You will find this option at the bottom of the program list.
In the upper right corner above the list of programs, clickChange Settings.A list of programs will open.
Scroll down to the bottom of the program list and tick the box on the left ofWindows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
On the right-hand side of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), you’ll see the option to tick either Private or Public. If your computers are connected to a public network, check the box in thePubliccolumn.
ClickOKat the bottom of the window. Now the firewall will not block remote access to the computer.
How to Find the Computer Name
Open the Start menu on a remote computer (not on the computer from which the reboot command will be sent).
OpenWindows Explorerby clicking on the folder icon in the Start menu.
ClickThis Computer.(This icon looks like a computer and sits on the left of the Windows Explorer window.)
Click theComputertab in the upper left of the window. The toolbar will open.
ClickProperties.(This is a red checkmark icon on a white background, located on the left side of the toolbar.) The computer settings will open.
In the middle of the page, you’ll find the name of the computer in the ‘computer name’ line of theComputer name, domain and workgroupsection. Write down the name of the computer exactly as it appears here.
How to Restart a Computer Using the Command Line
Sit at another computer. It must be connected to the same network as the remote computer. Log in as an administrator.
Open theStartmenu by clicking on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.
In the Start menu search bar, type ‘Command’ so that the Command Prompt utility appears in the search results.
Click theCommand Prompticon located at the top of the Start menu to open the Command window.
Type‘shutdown / i’in the Command Prompt window and then press↵ Enter.A window will open with the option to restart the remote computer.
On the right side of the window, clickAdd.A new window will open.
Enter the name of the remote computer in the corresponding text box. If you have not yet found the name of the remote computer, do it now (see the previous section above). ClickOK.
In theSelect the desired action for computerssection, open the drop-down menu and make sure theRestartoption is selected. If necessary, check the box besideWarn users of the action, too, and input the time during which the warning will be displayed on the screen. Then clickOK.
Use Powershell to Restart a Computer
The command below will immediately restart a remote computer. The-Forceoption will also force a restart even if a user is logged on:
Restart-Computer -ComputerName REMOTE_COMPUTER_NAME -Force
Use Powershell to Restart a List ofComputers in Your Company Network
This command is handy if you have several computers to restart. Just list all the computers you want in a text file and add that to the PowerShell command below:
restart-computer (get-content c:\work\computers.txt)
How to Restart Remote Computers Using Action1Solution for Businesses
Action1 helps you to restart endpoints remotely. This is useful in a variety of workflows, including installing updates or rolling out new group policies. In addition, you have the option of forcing reboot immediately or specifying a schedule that will work both for you as an administrator and for remote employees.Create an account at Action1to get started right away.
To restart a remote endpoint:
Navigate to theManaged Endpointspage.
Locate the endpoint(s) you want to restart and selectReboot.
Note:Alternatively, click the locations in theActionscolumn and selectReboot.Or clickNew Actionon top of the page and selectRebootfrom the drop-down list.
Complete the wizard:
On theRebootstep, choose if you want to warn users that a reboot is coming. The notice will appear on their screens before the endpoints restart. You can choose to show a default text or enter any other text. Then, specify the message timeout. Make sure you provide enough time to allow users to save their work and prepare for restart.
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 a criteria such as Windows Server 2019 or Windows Desktop OS.
On the Schedule step, review your action and pick the right time to execute it. For example, you can force reboot immediately or schedule obligatory restarts once a week to deliver updates. Once ready, click Finish.
After clicking Finish, you’ll find yourself on the Actions/History page. Here, you’ll see the execution details. If you opted not to execute your action yet, you’ll find it waiting for you on the Actions/Scheduled page.
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