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    Pc’s Automatic shutdown


    by kiranchinnu ·

    hello all ,

    I am network admin for a company . I want to shutdown the desktops which r on the network at 8pm monday to friday except the a few who work till 10pm. we want to do it to save energy.
    Is there anyway where i can creat a policy on AD to shutdown the pc’s at 8pm and 10pm.
    Pls help

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    • #2921144


      by kiranchinnu ·

      In reply to Pc’s Automatic shutdown


    • #2921142

      Go here for your Auto Shutdown Manager software..

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Pc’s Automatic shutdown

      • #2921120

        thanks for the help

        by kiranchinnu ·

        In reply to Go here for your Auto Shutdown Manager software..

        thanks for the reply,
        I dont want to put money for software . Pls can tell me the way where I can do it computer management or active directory.
        thanks in advance

        • #2921117

          Automatic Shutdowns

          by shhite ·

          In reply to thanks for the help

          Here is an interesting way of acheiving what you want without having to download any software.

          If that is not something you wish to try here is a link to a free auto shutdown program but I have not tried it so I do not know how well it actually works.

          Let me know if this helps or if you have anymore questions.


        • #2921116

          you could try..

          by leedudmish ·

          In reply to thanks for the help

          There are a couple of things you could try, a bit tedious however setup a scheduled task on every machine to shutdown the pc at a certain time.

          Or providing you are a domain admins on the server run a batch file from the server to shut the pc’s down remotely change computername to the pc name and copy the line for every pc you would like to shutdown.

          something along the lines of

          shutdown.exe \\computername -s -t 60 -f

          if you add the -f switch aswell this will force the shutdown incase programs are crashing in the background just remember to make sure no one is sitting at the pc!!

          I would test this on a dummy pc first before running on the server so you get the hang of it. If you getinto any trouble click start run shudown.exe -a which will abort the shutdown this is why you give it 60 seconds to allow you to do this.

          This script could also be scheduled to run on the server if you are not around when it needs to be run.

          Hope this helps.


        • #2921110

          Freeware Autoshutdown

          by gimoe ·

          In reply to thanks for the help

          This link provides a list of 3rd party software to accomplish what you want. There are several ‘Freeware’ utilities listed, which means you wouldn’t have to spend any money on them.

        • #2921006

          You mean 40 Euro is too out of reach?.

          by Anonymous ·

          In reply to thanks for the help

          40 Euro = ?32 (near enough).
          If you need it free then i would suggest to get a book or look around for yourself.
          Sometimes certain things are not FREE you have to pay for them, like your job is paying you for your services. People like you make me laugh, you want things but are not willing to pay for them. Enough said. 🙂 🙂

        • #2932395

          He might have to pay for the book though ! ..Jings !! …

          by older mycroft ·

          In reply to You mean 40 Euro is too out of reach?.

          He’ll end up haranguing his local Public Library, then get arrested for trying to sneak the reference book out.

          He’d have been better paying the ?31.65. 😀

        • #2932549

          not abt money

          by kiranchinnu ·

          In reply to You mean 40 Euro is too out of reach?.

          hi ,
          U got me wrong , its not abt money aswell I wanted do know whether we can do it through system manager .

          I am also looking abt this software but can i install it on multiple systems by paying for one download
          Pls answer .
          thanks in advance.

    • #2921115

      Amend the startup script

      by bizzo ·

      In reply to Pc’s Automatic shutdown

      You could amend the startup script to add a scheduled task which would shutdown the machine at the right time. But you may get into problems if a machine’s shutdown time changes, also, you would need to know which machines are to be shutdown at what time.

      Another way could be to have two scheduled tasks on the server, one runs at 8pm and the other runs at 10pm, which will remotely shutdown the machines. I suppose the advantage of this is that you can amend each of the scripts (to determine which machines log off when) during the day.

    • #2921113

      What OS?

      by wesley.chin ·

      In reply to Pc’s Automatic shutdown

      What kind of OS are the desktops running?

      • #2921084


        by kiranchinnu ·

        In reply to What OS?

        Thanks for replies…..

        os is server 2003 and xp prof is os for clients. I cant do it with startup scripts as there are users who use laptops to work from home…
        Need to try with schdule task.Mean time anyother suggestion????

        • #2921015

          Script it

          by ic-it ·

          In reply to os

          On your machine or a server and launch it through Scheduler when needed. Here is a good example;

          Another option (if you have Ghost)is to use your Ghost Console to set up a task for shutdown for each group. To set it up use the rundll32.exe to run on the remote system and under Network Shutdown after task.

        • #2921003


          by wesley.chin ·

          In reply to os

          How many clients are there? If not too many, then Win Pro is OS of the clients that are to be shutdown, but not all of them, and Win Pro is the OS, that means task scheduler is on the clients. With that, you could use it directly.

          Schedule a task, with timing as appropriate for individual machines as appropriate, with this:

          “%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 00”

          in the Target field.

          Let us know if that does it.

    • #2920997

      Another alternative

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to Pc’s Automatic shutdown

      It could be scheduled from the File Server to run at the specified time.

      PsExec v1.94
      By Mark Russinovich
      Published: January 4, 2008

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