Remote Restart of a Windows Server

Situation: One of our Windows servers was not responding to RDP requests and we wanted to restart the server to resolve the issue. The server was at some remote location and no one was available at the site to help us fix the issue. The server was a Windows XP server located in a network of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP machines. Users shared IDs among all the servers.

Solution: From one of other servers we opened a command prompt and typed in “shutdown -i”. This command opens a dialog in which you can specify all the servers you would like to log off, restart or shutdown. We simply added the faulty server name and selected restart. Here is what this dialog looks like:

Remote Shutdown Dialog

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