Rebooting a Windows 2008 R2 Server Remotely Fails

I installed updates and rebooted my DC in a remote site only to find out that terminal services was ended but the actual server did not reboot.

I ran shutdown -i from another machine and got the famous reply: 1115 A system shutdown is in progress.

I tried various switches to no avail. I then connected with SCCM to the console and saw that the Shutdown was stuck on “Notifying Services of the Shutdown”.

I then found a command line to use that reboots the machine in 60 seconds:

taskkill /s \somepc /U administrator /P pass /im lsass.exe

Maybe not the best tool but when you in another country it is pretty difficult to just go and hard boot the server. Hope it helps.

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