Ocassionally one of my remote windows servers locks up and must be restarted by pressing the restart button on the front of the case. Since I work remotely I call a coworker to press the button.
I would prefer to restart the machine remotely by cycling the power using a web-controlled smart relay switch (such as this). But I am concerned about harming the spinning disks with a power cycle.
Is cycling power worse for a server than pressing the reset button on the chasis?