Purchasing a non-managed dedicated server means that you are in charge of technical issues including its rebooting. If you have a Linux dedicated server, you can have situations when restart of the entire server is needed. How it can be done?
When a user orders a dedicated server that was set up, he or she receives an e-mail with server login details and its specifications. Together with it, PDU (Power Distribution Unit) information for the dedicated server is given. Login credentials may be used to get access to the server KVM in the data center and have it rebooted. This is the safest way to perform this action, because it guarantees that restart will be complete, and the server will work normally after that.
Another method of restarting is to execute a shell command via SSH. For this purpose you should use a shell client. First, log in to your server with the help of your root password obtained via the welcome e-mail. If you have changed the root password of your dedicated server, it will be different from the one in the letter (keep that in mind). As soon as you have logged in the console of the dedicated server, you can simply press the Reboot command. It may look like that:
Shell reboot command should be used carefully. If your dedicated server is overloaded, or there are some important services running incorrectly, rebooting can cause freezing, or it may start with some sort of failures. In this case, PDU reboot is likely to solve the problem. If for some reasons you won’t be able to restart the server, you should contact your dedicated web hosting company, and its team will help you out.
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