Archive for October 21, 2018

Powershell – Restart Azure VM and log off Users remotely

October 21, 2018 1 comment


1. Open RUN by pressing Windows + R keys, type powershell command and hit Enter.

2. Now on Powershell window first connect to the Azure VM that you want to remotely restart:

PS C:\Users\manojp> Enter-PSSession -ComputerName MyAzureVMName

[MyAzureVMName]: PS C:\Users\manojp\Documents>


3. Now try issuing the Restart command:

[MyAzureVMName]: PS C:\Users\manojp\Documents> Restart-Computer

Restart-Computer : Failed to restart the computer MyAzureVMName with the following error message: The system shutdown
cannot be initiated because there are other users logged on to the computer.
+ CategoryInfo : OperationStopped: (MyAzureVMName:String) [Restart-Computer], InvalidOperationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : RestartcomputerFailed,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.RestartComputerCommand

So, this gave us error as few users are still logged in, thus can’t restart the VM.


4. Let’s check who all are logged in on this VM:

[MyAzureVMName]: PS C:\Users\manojp\Documents> quser

charlesl         rdp-tcp#0           2      Active    1:07            12/21/2018 08:26 AM


5. Let’s try kicking users out by specifying the ID which is “2”:

[MyAzureVMName]: PS C:\Users\manojp\Documents> logoff 2


6. We will check if that user is kicked out or anybody is still remaining:

[MyAzureVMName]: PS C:\Users\manojp\Documents> quser

quser : No User exists for *
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (No User exists for *:String) [], RemoteException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : NativeCommandError


7. Let’s finally restart the VM:

[MyAzureVMName]: PS C:\Users\manojp\Documents> Restart-Computer