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Restart Hyper-V VM from command line/shortcut

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I have a client with a really old server in a VM and when the app hangs, the only thing to fix it is a reboot. I wanted to set up a shortcut on the desktop of the server to have them click on that and have the VM restart.

What would such a shortcut look like?
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Paste the below powershell command in notepad and save the file with a ps1 extension.

restart-computer -computername <computer>

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To create a shortcut:

1. In Windows Explorer, create a new shortcut. It doesn’t matter what your shortcut’s target is, as we’ll change that momentarily.
2. Right-click on your new shortcut, and choose “Properties”.
3. Change the shortcut’s Target to the following:
%SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File "C:\Scripts\MyScript.ps1"

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4. Be sure to update the path above to where you saved the ps script.
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Depending how old the VM is it may not have Powershell installed. In that case you can use the shutdown command.

Create a shortcut with the target

Windows 2000/2003
shutdown.exe -r -t 00

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Windows 2008+
shutdown.exe /r /t 00

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/r is reboot
/t is time (in seconds)

If you don't want the shutdown to be immediate you can change the 00 above to another value. Also if you want to force the reboot to close any running applications add a /f
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by:Bxoz
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from the Hyper-v server

Example 1

Performs a hard restart of virtual machine TestVM. This is equivalent to turning off the power to the virtual machine and then restarting it.
PS C:\> Restart-VM TestVM

Example 2

Shuts down virtual machine TestVM through the guest operating system.
PS C:\> Stop-VM –Name TestVM
PS C:\> Start-VM –Name TestVM
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Sometimes simple is better. :)
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