How to shutdown/restart Windows server VM

Many times we have used Linux or Windows based VM’s (Virtual Machines) and we tend to install software to try out something. Particularly on Windows VM’s you may have to restart the VM for the changes to take effect. But most of often when the VMs are provisioned, the ‘Shutdown’ or ‘Restart’ menu items are not enabled or visible.  How else could one restart the VM without having to contact support and wait for some one to help?

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Enable email plugin for Logstash

Logstash comes with a bunch of plugins for input, filter and output processing pipelines. When monitoring logs using a platform like ELK the most requested feature is email notifications in case of sever error conditions or issues.  There are many options to enable sending emails using custom python scripts, Elastic watcher, elastalert, etc.

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