Shutdownertron - Force?
Have deployed Shutdownertron recently - have to say it is brilliant. Love how it is so easy to deploy and manage centrally from a GPO.
However - we have our teacher machines lock automatically after a certain amount of inactivity - which means that when Shutdownertron tries to shut them down - it can't - as it doesn't pass the force command on.
The teacher machines really were our target audience for shutdownertron - they are the main culprits for leaving machines on! Is there any news on a new version? Or is there anything else out there that is as easy to use and manageable centrally?
Previously we used a script, run as a scheduled task from one of the servers, however it is becoming very difficult to manage with 500 odd computers on the network - each requiring a separate entry in the script. Have also tried TaskForce CO2 - however this still requires a lot of management and is a pain having to install the clients from the console. Didn't think there were that many improvements from PowerOut either, except for reporting which we don't need.
Is there any scope to impement ths forcing shut down? I'd like to offer users an over ride. then 30 minutes later shut the computer down - regardless of if it's locked or not!