Introduction: You need to use putty on Windows version 7 or 10. It is a graphical SSH, Telnet and Rlogin client for X. It is a direct port of the Windows SSH client of the same name. Putty is a free and open source SSH client for Windows and Unix-like system. You can download and install putty from this page if not installed on your system. Once installed you need to login to the remote Linux server using this software. Each Linux server has OpenSSH server installed. OpenSSH server allows you to log in and manager server using a text-based user interface. This page shows how to restart Linux server using putty ssh client on a Windows family of operating systems.

Step 1. Download putty

Step 2. Install putty

Just double click on the downloaded file “putty-64bit-0.70-installer.msi” and install on your system.

Step 3. Connect to the remote Linux server using putty

Open the putty application from Start menu or desktop shortcut 

Step 4. Restart Linux server using putty ssh client

You must have the following information in order to reboot the Linux box:

  1. Linux server IP address or FQDN: For example, or or
  2. Linux server username: For example: vivek
  3. sudo command privileges or root account password that can be used with the su command

A note about su command

The su command stands for “switch user”, and allows you to become root user. If sudo command is not available or installed or enabled on your Linux server. Use the su command as follows to become the root user (first, log in using putty and then type):
su -

I restart Linux server using putty ssh client. It will take some time to boot the server again. So have some patience.


And there you have it, and you just rebooted the Linux server using putty client for Windows family of operating systems.

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