Restart PC remotely

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I would like to know how to restart a pc via network adapter ?  can someone explain me this detaily ?
Question by:kriiis
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    by:Brian Gee
    If you want to restart a Windows PC on the network for which you have administrative rights, you can always do so from the command line (Start > Run > cmd).

    shutdown -r -f -t 0 -m \\remote_computer

    This will restart the system forcefully and will begin the process immediately (without waiting).
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    If you have admin rights on the other computer, you can do it this way

    shutdown -i
    After add the computer(s)
    set the time and clic ok
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    If I am not wrong - You want to reboot the machine via remote.

    You cane use - shutdown and shutdown -i as mentioned by Vobri and MaximR

    You can also use PSSHUTDOWN - by Microsoft sisinternal - Powerfull tool with many advanced switches - Free :)
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    link to psshutdown - as part of PSTools

    similar command line to above:
    psshutdown -r -f -t 0 \\remote_computer

    -r is for Reboot
    -f is for Force (closes applications without saving work) - a bit brutal, but sometimes you just gotta do it.
    -t is Time before shutdown (default is 20 seconds, so the zero after this makes it take effect immediately.
    and the remote_computer is either the name or IP of the PC in question.

    ... other switches are also available ...

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    !thanks for your quick replies.

    This can be done only with the POE switches ? or it works as well for the normal swithces ?

    Can i restart a domain pc from an external pc outside the office ?

    Pstools should be installed on all the workstations which i need to restart  ?

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    1) Using the switches noted above after the noted shutdown commands is all you need for this to work.

    2) Yes, if you're using a VPN connection that has your domain credentials to authenticate against the network.

    3) PSTools only need be installed on the system you will issuing commands from.
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    Stopping the deletion process to have the question originator respond to the latest reply.

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