Howto: Shut down or reboot a Windows 2008 Server Core System

To shut down a Windows 2008 Server Core System, at the command prompt type:

Shutdown -s -t xx

where

-s = shut down

-t xx = time to wait before shutting down in seconds, where xx =0 to 600

To shut down a Windows 2008 Server Core System immediately, at the command prompt type:

Shutdown -s -t 0

where 0 = wait zero seconds (shut down immediately)

To restart a Windows 2008 Server Core System, at the command prompt type:

Shutdown -r -t xx

where

-r = reboot

-t xx = time to wait before shutting down in seconds, where xx = 0 to 600

To restart a Windows 2008 Server Core System immediately, at the command prompt type:

Shutdown -r -t 0

where 0 = wait zero seconds (reboot immediately)

Comments [4]

  1. Hello – have you ever come across Server Core rebooting when the logoff command has been issued? I’ve seen this twice now and it seems to be when a update is pending. Quite inconvenient behaviour!

  2. my server 2008 is restart again and again or blue screen error show so plz any one tell me how can i repair server

  3. Shubh:
    > tell me how can I repair server.

    I would install GNU/Linux.

    However if you are sticking with MS then boot from the install disk & run the repair.
    If this fails check the hardware, remove memory in pairs or a stick at a time as per the hardware configuration and try to reboot. Try another HD, check the fans etc
    My experience is that this sort of thing is caused mostly by hardware faults.

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