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Restart System

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, System Center 2012 SP1 - Orchestrator

The Restart System activity will restart a computer on your network. The Restart System activity can either wait for applications to shut down gracefully or you can configure the activity to forcefully shut down any running applications. You also can send a message to notify your users of the reason for the disruption.

Some applications may consume memory and hard disk space and will not relinquish them without restarting the system. The Restart System activity can be used to restart these systems during maintenance windows to maintain service during business hours.

Configuring the Restart System Activity

Before you configure the Restart System activity, you will need to determine the following:

  • The computer you want to restart.

  • Whether you want to forcefully shut down any running applications.

Use the following information to configure the Restart System activity.

Details Tab

Settings Configuration Instructions


Type the computer that you are restarting. You can also use the ellipsis ( ... ) button to browse for the computer.


Type a message that will be displayed to users of the Computer before it is shut down.


Type the number of seconds after sending the Message to the users before the system will be shut down.

Force applications to close

Select to forcefully shut down any applications that are running when the system is restarted.

Published Data

The following table lists the published data items.


Item Description


The computer that was restarted.

Message to display

The message that was sent to the computer before restarting.

Shutdown delay

The number of seconds of delay between the message being sent and the computer restart.

Force open apps to close

Determines whether open applications were forced to shut down when the computer was restarted. This value can be either True or False.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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