I remote desktop into a remote computer, and want to restart it from inside. When that remote computer comes back to life, can I still log into it? I will lose the previous session, for sure, but can I still log into it?
You should be able to connect assuming the computer restarts and loads the operating system correctly.
If your using Windows, then here are some of the reasons you many not be able to connect.
- You have changed the computer name.
- You are connecting using the IP address and the computer is assigned a new IP address.
- Remote access has been blocked in the Firewall.
- Disabled network card or changed settings.
- Blue screen of death.
- Somebody entered the BIOS as the computer started up.
- Network cable had been unplugged.
- You selected shut down instead of restart.
I have noticed that with Windows Server 2008 that it will not allow you to restart or shutdown the server from a Remote Desktop Connection. You need to be logged in physically to perform these tasks. Other versions of Windows seem to restart fine and allow me to RDP on again without problem once they're back up.