Restart-Computer needs a parameter to give a reason for the restart
Would be interested in understanding the scenario where you are using the cmdlet & specifying the reason for rebooting. To explain: our previous assumption was that users would EITHER use the server UI that captured this information, OR use the cmdlet (often so they didn’t need to supply that reason text).
So, what would help is to understand in what situations the cmdlet is being used and specifying the reboot explanation is desirable.
Michael Halpin commented
Also, may want to capture info from a workflow "rebooting because of monthly patch task", etc
From a PowerShell script, you can use:
& shutdown /r /t 0 /c "Application xx updated." /d P:4:1
Luc FULLENWARTH commented
- Nano server.
- Administrators which are doing more than 90% of their work remotely via PS Sessions in ISE tabs don't wich to open a RDP session just to restart a server, especially if they have a bunch of servers to restart alltogether.
- Software or server management via script
- Restart-Computer -Wait -For WinRM is more user friendly than logging on to the server, use the GUI to restart, and then opening a shell to make a PING until the server is availlable.
When talking about "giving a reason" I don't just mean a category (planned application, ...) I also mean a manual comment. Usually I mention the ticket number (incident, planned change, ...) or a brief summary of my action (Reboot because the server was in this state or I was doing this or that).