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How to restart Sitecore server via Sitecore user interface

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A few years ago, I had a chance to work with Sitecore CMS version 6.6 and had to restart Sitecore server several times without IIS access to kill the publish process (it run forever sometimes). I suppose that I may do it again with Sitecore version 7.X and Sitecore version 8.X for some reasons as well.


  • do NOT have IIS access to restart the Sitecore server
  • NO content change needed
  • NO code change needed
  • NO configuration change needed
  • have permission to install Sitecore package via Installation Wizard inside Sitecore

How did I do that?

  • create an empty Sitecore package (Note: it means that there are NO item and NO file added to that package)
  • install that empty package to Sitecore via Installation Wizard
  • at the last step of the installation process, I can see the dialog with 02 checkboxes on it and check Restart the Sitecore server checkbox then click Close button to restart Sitecore server
    • Selected restart the sitecore server
  • done

Considering the other ways

  1. Playing with Restart Sitecore – Addon Sitecore module
    • access Sitecore Marketplace, download Sitecore module Restart Sitecore – Addon
    • log into Sitecore, install it to Sitecore via Installation Wizard
    • open Content Editor and make Developer tab appear, you would see Restart Addon
      • open content editor to get to restart addon
    • click on Restart Addon, you would see Restart Sitecore dialog with 2 checkboxes on it
    • check Restart the Sitecore server checkbox then click Restart button to restart Sitecore server
      • restart the sitecore server checked box
    • done
  2. Playing with Sitecore File Explorer tool
    • log into Sitecore, access http://YOUR_SITE/sitecore/shell/default.aspx?xmlcontrol=FileExplorer
    • download web.config by clicking on Download button and do NOT edit it
      • NOTE: be CAREFUL with this Sitecore bug as you may see the following extra lines after downloading it => it will make your Sitecore instance corrupted later
      • sitecore bug code
      • download web.config in download folder
    • upload that web.config with Overwrite existing files option by clicking on Upload button
      • upload web.config
    • you would see “The wizard has completed.” text on Upload Files dialog, it means Sitecore server is restarted successfully
      • the wizard has completed text on upload files dialog
    • click Close button to get it done

Happy Sitecore Playing!

This article originally appears in Walking on clouds.


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