So like all, we like our PCs to shutdown at night.
Mostly so that students get off the machines and get to bed.
We setup logon times, but if a PC is already logged in, they don't get booted (well, they lose their network shares, but solitaire is so much fun I guess).
So, we want our PCs to reboot nightly, at the shutdown time. Then they won't be able to login until the next day.
Students are always looking for ways around the system , including hanging a process to stop a log off.
To prevent this, we issue a PsShutdown -r -f -t 0 which works much better then shutdown -f -r -t 0... hung processes actually die as they are supposed to. Then just to make sure they really go down, we have a PsKill winlogon run 5 minutes later... very very effective btw.
On Windows XP we could always include a message and countdown timer (using -m "message" and -t 300) so that users would be forewarned and could save. On windows 7 64 bit, this no longer works. Research had lead me to session ids being the issue, and short of using PsExec to run the command (and specify the session id) there is no way of giving either the timer or the message.
got around the message issue but just using msg.exe to broadcast messages 5 minutes before, but I am really looking for a nicer solution.
td;tr I need a way to display a countdown message and timer before a scheduled reboot. Looking for a nice way of doing this, preferable without too many 3rd party apps.
I have seen this app in use and cannot find it anywhere, basically it gave a pop up that could not be closed unless you pressed ctrl+shift+alt+7 or some wacky combination that had both a timer and a message. This could work if I could figure out what it is.
I use Shutdownertron [Link 1: powarrmonkey proudly presents... on our network. However after moving to Windows 7 some Edugeekers have found the performance of Shutdownertron to be unsatisfactory [Particularly with regard to the message to users still logged on. I have found it works OK here]
Have a look at these threads that discuss Shutdownertron as they also discuss alternatives: