I know there are billing difference and hardware auto migration differences between a Windows OS restart VS an AMI console stop/start command. But I am wondering if a stop/start command is the same as a graceful Windows OS based restart command?
I noticed that while I am RDP'd into a Windows AMI and I stop it, it kills the session immediately, IE you don't see a windows message saying that its restarting.
I have spent a reasonable amount of time trying to find an explicit answer if stop/start = graceful OS level restart. I am guessing I am not finding the answer because my question context is wrong and its not, and thats why there is also and Amazon console reboot option. Is this correct?
Finally, I am guessing since it is not a graceful restart, it leaves the OS vulnerable to all of the same problems you would have if you ungracefully power cycled a physical server?
Thanks for the help.