Restart Windows Server 2008 w/Hyper-V running

Posted on 2009-04-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm looking for some advice here, I have a Windows Server 2008 DC running with a member server VM running on Hyper-V.  Due to some updates I need to reboot the host server.  I'd like to schedule it to reboot at night so that it does not interfere with my day to day operations.  My plan was, using the task scheduler to run shutdown.exe /r.  As I have this member server running on the host what considerations should I take before doing this.  I do have the VM set to automatically restart when the server starts.  Should I schedule the VM to fully shut down first and the reboot?

Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.
Question by:jer007
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    Yes, you should have the VM shutdown first then when the server reboots have the VMs to automatically start. You don't want the VMs to think that it just lost power even though it is VM and not a physical computer you want to gracefully shut them down just like you would with the host server.

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    Is there a way from the host machine to issue a shut down command to the VM so I could run it all in one script?  I'm thinking shutdown the VM immediatly and then shutdown with 10min delay on the host.

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