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Video: Eight backdoor ways to reboot a Windows server

Bill Detwiler shows you how to shut down and reboot a Windows server when you can't get to the Start Menu.

If you need to reboot or shut down a Windows server, but, you can't get to the Start Menu for some reason, stay tuned. During this episode of TR Dojo, I show you eight backdoor methods for rebooting or shutting down a Windows Server.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

16 comments
vande
vande

"pskill \\computername winlogon" will restart a non-responsive server "

steve
steve

"pskill \\computername winlogon" will restart a non-responsive server

Zee29
Zee29

Same issue here. The video won't run.

Acidburn27
Acidburn27

We have LogMeIn installed on pretty much all of our servers so I usually schedule a reboot with that, seems to work a treat :)

Prisoner6
Prisoner6

Since I have the Task Manager loaded upon startup, I can always bring it up by clicking on its icon on the taskbar. Also, you can use the C-A-D (Ctrl-Alt-Del) function that will bring up the Task manager and do a shutdown from there. When the keyboard and mouse are not functioning I use the Real Power button. :)

MikeBlane
MikeBlane

If I had to have someone login to the remote server console, I would have the temp account ready, but would have the account disabled. On the enable, I would reset the password so that no one knows it but the person that is using it at that moment. Once the reboot is complete, disable the account and change the password again.

Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

I was watching the video. The video runs for only 2 Minutes and 50 Seconds only and not 3 Minutes and 37 Seconds and restarts automatically. The video doesnot run completely and stops abruptly and retarts from start again and again. Even cannot download the video.

rasilon
rasilon

Instead of pulling the plug, you should be able to press the power button and hold for 8 seconds or so. This will force the server (actually, any computer) to power off. Hank Arnold (MVP)

SgtPappy
SgtPappy

I can't watch because something has changed on this new website that won't allow me watch it. never used to have a problem and I've been looking for a resolution to this problem. Please don't tell me I have to reduce my security settings to view it.

Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

It seems today it was rectified as the video ran completely.

vande
vande

We have all dells in our data center and through dell remote access software you can control servers that are powered off ... however this software also has the ability to disable the dam power button on the server .. had to learn this the hard way

popova71
popova71

... on VM . But there is always "power off"

vande
vande

on the NEW IE I had compatiibility mode always on for all sites , i have since turned that off and let techrepublic run in regular mode .... seem to at least let me reply to messages

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You will need to allow scripts from the following sites for full access to TechRepublic: techrepublic.com com.com bnet.com cbsinteracive.com zdnet.com Why zdnet, I don't know, but without it, no video.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

Looks like a website bug. See no video either.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Thanks for adding this info Nick. You're absolutely correct. If you use NoScript, which I use, or another script blocking tool, you'll need to configure it to allow all the sites mentioned in Nick's post. This is required because we share a common video platform.