Today I wanted to share a small tip that can help if your server is stuck on reboot with a Windows patch that don’t want to terminate.
Please use with precaution the tip to not loose data or break the OS.
In my case it was useful on a Windows Server 2019, as it was stuck for 3 hours and more, and the CBS log was growing indefinitely.
You can use ps exec, but we have tasklist that support a remote computer.
To use that way;
tasklist /s remote_computer with the username and password. /u domain\username /p password
tasklist /s remote_computer /u domain\username /p password
After the command we got a list with all PID.
To stop the Windows Update, in my case I had to close Windows Installer service.
The command is the same, except we give to it the PID, or we could use the /im parameter to target the executable image name. (/f force the closure)
taskkill /s remote_computer /u domain\username /p password /pid PID /f