I am new in Linux and I want to know the exact command to restart a RedHat linux server 6.3. And it has to start network drivers etc…

I am using VPN to connect to remote machine using VNC.

Can anyone help from the issue.

  • Are you trying to wake up a sleeping remote machine with no active network connections?
    – zero2cx
    Sep 24, 2012 at 3:55

3 Answers 3


To restart your machine just use


All the services that are configured to start will be started as usual.

  • Hi some thing like int0 to init 6... which mode it ll change..?
    – Akshay
    Aug 27, 2012 at 7:19
  • Just an addition, you have to be root for this and for restarting everything correctly, the system has to be set up correctly.
    – Michael K
    Aug 27, 2012 at 7:21
  • @Michaek IT wont go to different mode. like init1 or some other
    – Akshay
    Aug 27, 2012 at 7:24
  • 2
    May be: sudo reboot is better. Jun 19, 2014 at 10:59
  • @shasi on a standard RH installation a normal user does not have the permission to reboot. Then either edit sudoers or get a root shell and reboot.
    – Matteo
    Jun 19, 2014 at 11:11

Maybe I'm not understanding the question, but assuming you have root (or sudo) privileges, then /sbin/reboot (or /sbin/shutdown -r now) will perform a full system reboot.

  • i want restart system by remote terminal i have root acces
    – Akshay
    Aug 27, 2012 at 8:14
  • Then reboot (or /sbin/shutdown -r now) will perform a full system reboot - even if commanded from SSH
    – Andrew
    Aug 27, 2012 at 8:20

Not sure if this helps to you (provided I got you right). I believe you want to reboot remote linux machine.

Make sure you have root access and then run below command.

ssh root@destination_server_to_be_rebooted  reboot

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