Monthly Archives: June 2014

Remote Reboot a Hung Server via Command Prompt

I recently had a remote Hyper-V host that was stuck rebooting. It was still responding to network communication but otherwise was unavailable via RDP. Fortunately, I still had console access via our RMM tool, but I ended up not even needing it! Here are two techniques useful for remotely rebooting a hung server.

Standard Remote Reboot

This often doesn’t work for me, but it’s worth trying first

shutdown /m \\computername /r /f

Remotely Killing winlogon and/or lsass with pskill

Download pskill and install it on a remote machine. Remotely killing the winlogon and/or the lsass process has the effect of immediately bringing the server down. It’s kind of aggressive but often times this is the only way I can get a remote server to reboot.

pskill \\computername winlogon

pskill \\computername lsass

If you guys have any other ideas let me know in the comments and I’ll include them! Thanks.

Chicago 24/7 Indian/Pakistani Restaurant Roundup

1. Author Favourite, cheap, dirty, consistent, and delicious.
Ghareeb Nawaz
2032 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

Review: Ghareeb Nawaz is Devon Ave’s goto for 24/7 Pakistani food. The prices are great, the portions ample, and the food consistent. The place is consistently pretty unkept, but it’s easy to ignore when you’re getting such a great value. There is also a small cramped parking lot in the rear.

2. Runner-up, watch your check.
Naan On Devon
2241 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

Review: Naan on Devon is a Hyderbadi restaurant just down the street on Devon from Ghareeb and Hyderabad House. As such they have a pretty wide menu with daily specials. Their curries and specialty dishes are by far the best on the block of the 24/7 restaurants. Only complaint… twice we’ve been overcharged and not allowed to see the check when we’ve asked to see it.

3. Great when they have any of their menu items
Hyderabad House
2226 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

Review: Hyderabad House has killer biryani and food in general. However they seem to never have any of their menu available after midnight or so. It mostly defeats the purpose of being open 24/7 if you only have one or two items. Also they seem to be particularly consistently cold compared to the other restaurants on the block.

4. Good option away from Devon, friendly staff.
Tabaq Restaurant
1245 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

5. Lots of potential but consistently crazy salty
Daata Darbar
2306 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

Hyderbadi

6. Ample Parking!
Bismillah Restaurant
6301 N Ridge Ave
Chicago, IL 60660