should do it
I want to make a shutdown policy to shutdown all computers at the end of the day, Say 9 PM. I would like to give them the option to stop the shutdown.
Relevant link: Auto Shutdown Programs for end of day.
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Some of the options that have been mentioned before.
psshutdown from SysInternals run from a scheduled task to ensure that machines are turned off at a specific time. I also use the same program from a script which I can run at anytime to turn off or reboot machines.
I also have used PowerOff 3.0 from http://users.telenet.be/jbosman/poweroff/poweroff.htm as this also give the ability to schedule a shutdown and have remote access.
I schedule a task in group policy that shuts the machine down.
I think the command was somwthing like shutdown.exe -s -t 30
I go mine as a machine schedlue task but this might help. Configure a Scheduled Task Item
I use Fog - It only shuts the machines down if nobody has been logged in for 15 mins - only flaw is it doesn't see logged in via RDP as a session.
Shutdownertron never worked correctly for me I only suggest because I know some people do use it fine. I use Impero myself to shut-down computers, and before that a scheduled task.
russdev (6th February 2012)
Shutdownertron works perfectly in one school and not so well in the other
Instead of shutting them down why not use a combination of sleep & hibernate?
We've got all our PC's set to enter sleep mode after 20 minutes of inactivity and then to hibernate after a further 20 minutes of inactivity - once they enter sleep mode they are using very very little power and hibernate is as good as being off.
This way you get power savings during the day (i.e. free periods, lunch etc...) the machines take much less time to resume then they do to cold boot, the machines can wake themselves up from hibernation to install windows updates overnight and you can manage it all via Group Policy - no need for 3rd party software
Another vote for Shutdownertron here :-). Have had no issues with Windows 7, I have disabled Fast User Switching aswell. Using version 1.3.3214 .
I give a vote for using a Group Policy Preference to set a scheduled shutdown task.
I do that here at 7PM, 9PM and 10PM (Giving 30 minutes notice of the shutdown). I've also put a shortcut to cancel the shutdown on the desktop of staff members.
What is the difference between shutdown.exe -s -t 30 and shutdown.exe -f -s, which was listed on another site.
-t time in seconds before shutdown
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