Remotely Boot a Selected Partition

Posted on 2009-02-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
i have been reading a few articles about Wake-On-Lan setup's to remotely boot a PC.

firstly, can i restart a PC if mstsc has stopped responding ?

secondly, can i select a partition to boot remotely?

i have been having a few problems with RDP not responding and my computer requires a re-boot. so remotely rebooting is perfect. Also, i have 2 partitions with windows xp on each, and i would like to select which partition to boot when i startup the PC remotely. This is all done over internet, not LAN

Any idea's ???

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    >firstly, can i restart a PC if mstsc has stopped responding ?
    of course, you can't interact with terminal if it crashed. My advice is to keep a spare channel available, like ssh, so that if something screws up you can ssh into the machine and still have full control. Try OpenSSH for Windows

    >secondly, can i select a partition to boot remotely?
    No. You can tell your pc the default partition to boot the next time you wake it, but for now grub is not able to tell from which IP the request is coming (and it could be the sole way to tell if you want different choices).

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    by:Bing CISM / CISSP
    > firstly, can i restart a PC if mstsc has stopped responding ?

    if access the server over a trusted connection, say LAN or VPN, and you have the rights to operate the server, you may use SHUTDOWN command to remotely restart the server.

    be aware that shutdown.exe needs RPC connection between the remote server and your management console.

    > secondly, can i select a partition to boot remotely?

    if all partitions on the server are Primary partition, and the OS for each partition is individually bootable, you may use DISK MANAGER (for W2K or above) or FDISK (for W9x) to select (active) the partition to boot.

    hope it helps,
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    I would also see if a Free VNC ( tightVNC etc ) works better.

    I hope this helps !


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