How to Terminate a Process Remotely

October 20, 2020


The recent spike in user of virtualization and remote desktop use has generated interest in monitoring and managing remote networks from a centralized location. Although you cannot see where your servers are located with cloud services, you will need to know how to operate them remotely. Most of the companies providing these services offer ways for you to manage and terminate remote processes but if you want to know the ins and outs yourself let’s get right into it.

Linux Vs Windows Vs Others

The main thing you want to know when you want to terminate a process remotely is that what kind of operating system are you going to be using. As we stated before if you are using a cloud service they will provide you with some kind of backbone to install whatever OS you want on that. But if you are using some kind of desktop virtualization program there might be some options available to terminate a process remotely without access from your central dashboard. This will vary from vendor to vendor so we won’t get into it but checking the provider’s website is always a good solution to see whether or not the task you want to do is defined in the program’s features or not. The most used Operating Systems at the time of writing this article and for some years have been Linux and Windows and based on which version you are using or which distribution you will have some options available inside these Operating systems. We will go over each of these to find out how you can terminate a process remotely with no effort. We should also provide you with the information that some network monitoring programs have built in features for process management on servers that can integrate themselves to your specific operating system but as that might vary again from distributor to distributor it will not be covered by this article. TERMINATE A PROCESS REMOTELY windows


To terminate a process remotely on windows there are some ways that are built in to your operating system. Everyone knows task manager and has encountered it if they have been working with windows for a time. This neat little program allows you to kill processes on the windows server if you have some kind of remote access to it. But if you want to use the command line there are also some ways to do that. The most convenient way to terminate a process remotely is to use the Taskkill command on windows with the specific parameters. We have covered how to use Taskkill in this article. If you are looking for a way to manage all your processes and also have some more room to manage them more effectively you can either try Windows Process Explorer or Windows Process Manager that are programs that you can download and use to manage these processes more naturally and intuitively. TERMINATE A PROCESS REMOTELY linux


Linux is one of the most used operating systems in the IT industry basically for the strong kernel that can be customized by many different distributors to provide task specific goals for an IT environment, which is super useful in this day and age. Linux processes can be viewed by the ps command and that is universal. After you connect to your remote server via SSH or any other type of remote connection that you are using with your Linux device, if you have command line access to it you can use that command to view the currently run tasks on the machine. Once you have the remote connection established you have two ways to go about terminating a remote process. The first one is getting the process ID of a specific process from the ps command then using the kill command to terminate a remote process. The other thing that you can do is using the pkill command to kill a process by it’s name and not the ID of the process. The second approach might be easier to do based on the fact that it omits the extra step of getting the PID, but if you have multiple instances of the same process running you will have to go with the first approach.


to terminate a remote process is not really that harder than terminating processes on your local machines. As a matter of fact it can be easier if your network monitoring and management program can provide you with the designated features to do it from their dashboard. And if not you can do it with the solutions provided in this article rather easily. We wish you have learned something new today and hope you subscribe to our blog for weekly articles on network management and network monitoring.