At our local Tampa Bay SBS user group meeting, we were talking about what to do when you lose remote connection to your server, and the server needs to be rebooted. The common situation would be that you are using RWW to apply updates to your server, and one of the updates automatically restarts IIS. Say bye-bye to your RWW connection to your server.
So one suggestion, which I really like, is that just prior to starting your update process, go to the command line of your server, and use the ‘at’ (scheduling) command and schedule a forced reboot for some 20 or 30 minutes from now.
For example, you could enter: at 18:30 “shutdown /r” — which will schedule a one time shutdown and restart of your server at 6:30pm.
Here’s the full ‘at’ command syntaxs:
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>at /?
The AT command schedules commands and programs to run on a computer at
a specified time and date. The Schedule service must be running to use
the AT command.
AT [\\computername] [ [id] [/DELETE] | /DELETE [/YES]]
AT [\\computername] time [/INTERACTIVE]
[ /EVERY:date[,…] | /NEXT:date[,…]] “command”
\\computername Specifies a remote computer. Commands are scheduled on the
local computer if this parameter is omitted.
id Is an identification number assigned to a scheduled
/delete Cancels a scheduled command. If id is omitted, all the
scheduled commands on the computer are canceled.
/yes Used with cancel all jobs command when no further
confirmation is desired.
time Specifies the time when command is to run.
/interactive Allows the job to interact with the desktop of the user
who is logged on at the time the job runs.
/every:date[,…] Runs the command on each specified day(s) of the week or
month. If date is omitted, the current day of the month
/next:date[,…] Runs the specified command on the next occurrence of the
day (for example, next Thursday). If date is omitted, the
current day of the month is assumed.
“command” Is the Windows NT command, or batch program to be run.