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Can anyone offer advice on good (preferably free or very cheap) solutions to ...
6th January 2012, 04:32 PM #1
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Auto Shutdown Programs for end of day.
I guess just as it says please...
Can anyone offer advice on good (preferably free or very cheap) solutions to shut down PCs at the end of the day.
The Hardware: We run Vista Business, 7 Business and will soon have Snow Leopard on iMacs and Mac Airs.
It is all networked.
An ideal solution would have a central file/program on the server to state when to close down on particular days. Ideally with the option to run several times a day as we have some rooms used on different nights for night school etc. But I will look at anything as long it works...
I know we could use the event scheduler but that seems a long way round of doing it on 120 machines.
Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer here.
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6th January 2012, 06:15 PM #2
As far a the PCs on your network is concerned I would say that you could look at Shutdownertron:
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Link 2: Shutdownertron
As provided by Edugeek member @powdarrmonkey.
While there are other ways of achieving what you want to on your PC based network I am sure that you will get similar recommendations from other Edugeek members.
6th January 2012, 11:16 PM #3
I just create a Scheduled Task on each machine (through GPP's) to c:\windows\shutdown.exe (with an argument) to shut down at a certain time and can be controlled/updated via GPP. Works a treat!
6th January 2012, 11:46 PM #4
6th January 2012, 11:48 PM #5
I wrote this batch file years ago and still use it now, uncomment the REM lines if you want some logging...
You will need a second file called shutdown.txt which is just a list of the computers you want to shut down. I have it scheduled on one of the servers.
REM For /f "tokens=1-3 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do (set date=%%c-%%b-%%a)
REM For /f "tokens=1-2 delims=: " %%d in ('time /t') do (set time=%%d:%%e)
REM echo SHUTDOWN SCRIPT STARTED on %date% at %time% >> %logfile%
for /f %%z in (computers.txt) do (
ping -n 1 -w 500 %%z > :NULL
if not errorlevel 1 (
REM echo * Computer %%z is on and is being shutdown with a %warninglength% second warning. >> %logfile%
c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -f -s -t %warninglength% -c "*** WARNING *** Nightly shutdown in progress, please save your work now!" -m \\%%z
For /f "tokens=1-3 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do (set date=%%c-%%b-%%a)
For /f "tokens=1-2 delims=: " %%d in ('time /t') do (set time=%%d:%%e)
REM echo SHUTDOWN SCRIPT ENDED on %date% at %time% >> %logfile%
REM echo ================================================================================ >> %logfile%
I dont know if there is an equivilent shutdown command for macs (not really my bag).
7th January 2012, 12:14 AM #6
I know it's not free but you could get impero?
It can schedule shutdown and wake on lan by the hour for every day of the week as well as all the other major benefits it gives, just something to consider if you have spare cash
7th January 2012, 12:16 AM #7
I have Impero as well but find it misses out some machines for no real reason whatsoever, my script rarely fails, Impero's still a great product though!
7th January 2012, 12:22 AM #8
I've noticed that once or twice but only with waking machines, it's never failed me on shutdowns. (that said i can't see why it would, it's only sending shutdown -s -t # -m \\machinename to the machines essentially)
Originally Posted by hit
7th January 2012, 05:52 AM #9
FYI shutdownertron does not work properly with windows 7
Originally Posted by DaveP
7th January 2012, 08:14 AM #10
I was aware of this:
Originally Posted by FN-GM
However I have not found it to be an issue. It seems to work very well on our network.
In versions up to 1.3.3214.1, only partial support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 is included.
7th January 2012, 11:20 AM #11
Seemed hit and miss with me. I also found the message never appeared warning users of a shutdown. That was the show stopper for us.
Originally Posted by DaveP
7th January 2012, 11:55 AM #12
Create a Scheduled Task in 2008 R2 under Computer Config:
Name: Shutdown Workstations
Arguments: -f -s -t 120
Specify an admin username/password, then change the schedule as required to 6pm for example.
Users will receive a 2 minute warning and will then shutdown automatically. Enough time to save documents and close any applications (optional).
In theory you could have many shutdown schedules for different departments or OUs from your perspective. This works with Windows 7, but it should work with Windows XP and Vista too. This won't work with Mac - you'll need to find an alternative for this. Maybe you can do something similar from a Mac server.
7th January 2012, 12:01 PM #13
@hit and @mrbios
Feel free to raise a ticket or email me on rdyas@imperosoftware and we can take a look. As shutdown should be no issue what so ever. As for wake on lan these issues are more often down to PC configuration. I have got a in draft KB article can send you that to work through.
As said if want to raise a ticket or email me we can look at it for you..
7th January 2012, 12:16 PM #14
Originally Posted by FN-GM
Originally Posted by TonyR
7th January 2012, 12:16 PM #15
The mac side can just use schedules found in the power settings under the system preferences in WGM. Set up the shutdown times and start up times. You can also use ARD and schedule shutdowns, log offs and restarts. The benefit of using ARD to do this is you can schedule more than one shutdown, unlike the WGM method which only allows one startup time and shutdown time.
I usually have a shutdown -R script that runs for the windows xp side to reboot the machines back to the boot picker and then use a scheduled mac shutdown in ARD about 15 minutes afterwards. This allows the macs to use the startup scheduled time in WGM. If the clients are in windows when they shut down the scheduled startup time does not work and the clients do not start up in the mornings.
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