Reboot a Node


This topic talks about how to reboot a Node. In order for the reboot to be successful the ActionAfterReboot and RebootNodeIfNeeded LCM settings need to be configured properly. To read about Local Configuration Manager settings, see Configure the Local Configuration Manager, or Configure the Local Configuration Manager (v4).

Nodes can be rebooted from within a resource, by using the $global:DSCMachineStatus flag. Setting this flag to 1 in the Set-TargetResource function forces the LCM to reboot the Node directly after the Set method of the current resource. Using this flag, the PendingReboot resource in the ComputerManagementDsc DSC Resource module detects if a reboot is pending outside of DSC.

Your configurations may perform steps that require the Node to reboot. This could include things such as:

  • Windows updates
  • Software install
  • File renames
  • Computer rename

The PendingReboot resource checks specific computer locations to determine if a reboot is pending. If the Node requires a reboot outside of DSC, the PendingReboot resource sets the $global:DSCMachineStatus flag to 1 forcing a reboot and resolving the pending condition.


Any DSC resource can instruct the LCM to reboot the node by setting this flag in the Set-TargetResource function. For more information, see Writing a custom DSC resource with MOF.


PendingReboot [String] #ResourceName
    Name = [string]
    [DependsOn = [string[]]]
    [PsDscRunAsCredential = [PSCredential]]
    [SkipCcmClientSDK = [bool]]
    [SkipComponentBasedServicing = [bool]]
    [SkipPendingComputerRename = [bool]]
    [SkipPendingFileRename = [bool]]
    [SkipWindowsUpdate = [bool]]


Property Description
Name Required parameter that must be unique per instance of the resource within a configuration.
SkipComponentBasedServicing Skip reboots triggered by the Component-Based Servicing component.
SkipWindowsUpdate Skip reboots triggered by Windows Update.
SkipPendingFileRename Skip pending file rename reboots.
SkipCcmClientSDK Skip reboots triggered by the ConfigMgr client.
SkipComputerRename Skip reboots triggered by Computer renames.
PSDSCRunAsCredential Supported in v5. Executes the resource as the specified user.
DependsOn Indicates that the configuration of another resource must run before this resource is configured. For example, if the ID of the resource configuration script block that you want to run first is ResourceName and its type is ResourceType, the syntax for using this property is DependsOn = "[ResourceType]ResourceName". For more information, see Using DependsOn


The following example installs Microsoft Exchange using the xExchange resource. Throughout the install, the PendingReboot resource is used to reboot the Node.


This example requires the credential of an account that has rights to add an Exchange server to the forest. For more information on using credentials in DSC, see Handling Credentials in DSC

$ConfigurationData = @{
    AllNodes = @(
            NodeName                    = '*'
            PSDSCAllowPlainTextPassword = $true
            NodeName = 'DSCPULL-1'

Configuration Example
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]

    Import-DscResource -Module xExchange
    Import-DscResource -Module ComputerManagementDsc

    Node $AllNodes.NodeName
        # Copy the Exchange setup files locally
        File ExchangeBinaries
            Ensure          = 'Present'
            Type            = 'Directory'
            Recurse         = $true
            SourcePath      = '\\rras-1\Binaries\E15CU6'
            DestinationPath = 'C:\Binaries\E15CU6'

        # Check if a reboot is needed before installing Exchange
        PendingReboot BeforeExchangeInstall
            Name       = 'BeforeExchangeInstall'
            DependsOn  = '[File]ExchangeBinaries'

        # Do the Exchange install
        xExchInstall InstallExchange
            Path       = 'C:\Binaries\E15CU6\Setup.exe'
            Arguments  = '/mode:Install /role:Mailbox /Iacceptexchangeserverlicenseterms'
            Credential = $ExchangeAdminCredential
            DependsOn  = '[PendingReboot]BeforeExchangeInstall'

        # See if a reboot is required after installing Exchange
        PendingReboot AfterExchangeInstall
            Name      = 'AfterExchangeInstall'
            DependsOn = '[xExchInstall]InstallExchange'


This example assumes that you have configured your Local Configuration Manager to allow reboots and continue the configuration after a reboot.

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