Remote Reset

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A number of IT admins have requested a mechanism to reset a device remotely via VNC, SSH, or some other remote access mechanism. With a few simple scripts, this task can be completed with ease.

  1. Reboot the device and press ESC immediately after your computer manufacturer's splash screen disappears (you should see a flashing cursor in the top left corner for a few seconds - press the escape key within 3 seconds to view the menu.)
  2. Select "Normal Boot" from the menu (but don't press enter) and press the "e" key on your keyboard
  3. Select the line in the box that begins with the word "initrd" and move the cursor to the end of the line.
  4. Backspace over the four letters "aufs" and replace them with "generic". Do not add any spaces. Then press "ctrl+x" on your keyboard to boot
  5. Download remote-reset.tar.gz
  6. Open a terminal (ctrl-alt-t) and type "sudo tar -xzvf Downloads/remote-reset.tar.gz -C /" (no quotes) to extract the files
  7. Reboot

Once installed, anyone remotely accessing the machine can initiate the reset process by opening a terminal (if using VNC or similar) and typing ""

Note that this tar file is will also work in your environment if you have setup an Auto Update Script. Follow steps 4-6 under "Copying an archive of files to an ubermix device" on the Auto Update Script page (adjusting appropriately for the tar file name/path) to set this up.

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