This is a Microsoft PowerShell script that is used to restart Windows services on local and/or remote computers. It can be used to restart one service on one computer or multiple services on multiple computers in a rolling fashion. It is designed to allow for zero downtime application restarts in a high availability environment.
Download the latest version here: Service_Restarter.ps1
Example log file: Service_Restarter.log
The original script was built on Windows Server 2012. It was originally written to restart the same service (BMC Remedy Email Engine) across multiple servers, being automated as a Windows Scheduled Task. It has recently been updated to accept a pipe (|) delimited list of targets (host|serviceName).
The original single-service script has been used in production for 2 years. The newly updated version that uses host|serviceName pairs has only been tested in a single server environment at this time. The included log was created from the script using the published configuration to demonstrate the flow. During that run I restarted multiple BMC Remedy and Tomcat services. I utilized both my virtual machine’s host name and ‘localhost’ to simulate an environment with multiple servers. In reality I was restarting the same services on the same host however this validated the script logic can successfully handle different host|serviceName pairs.
The runtime variables, script flow and service status are written to a log file. BareTail is a great utility for watching log files in realtime on Windows.
This document can be found online: PS - Service Restarter. Refer to the online documentation for the most up-to-date version.
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