Windows 7 Remote Shutdown Commands
Shutdown is an interesting command line program found in Windows 7 and earlier operating systems such as XP. Administrators love testing the shutdown command because it has such a dramatic effect - it can down a network computer.
Windows 7 'Shutdown' Topics
Windows 7 Shutdown Command - The Basics
The shutdown executable is available at the command line in Windows 7, Vista, XP and also the Windows Server family. Once you launch the DOS box by typing cmd, your first decision is do you want to shutdown (/s), or reboot (/r) the computer?
Sooner or later everyone makes the mistake of accidentally shutting down the local machine instead of the target computer that they really wished to reboot. To recover from this mistake pay close attention to the syntax of the abort command Shutdown /a.
The default computername is the local machine, for the 'Remote' switch
you need /m. The full command would
Note 1: There is no space between the backslashes and the computername
Note 2: If you substitute /r for /s that would mean 'Reboot' and not shutdown. See More on Remote Restart in Windows Server
testing /m on the local machine, try 127.0.0.1
Examples of Shutdown switches
shutdown /s /m \\Laptop - Shuts down, or stops a remote machine called 'Laptop'
shutdown /r /m \\Laptop - Reboots a remote machine called 'Laptop
Note 3: For once the sequence of switches is vital, hence shutdown /m /s \\Laptop does not work.
Encouraging computers to sleep when they're not in use is a great idea - until you are away from your desk and need a file on that remote sleeping machine!
WOL also has business uses for example, rousing machines so that they can have update patches applied. My real reason for recommending you download this free tool is because it's so much fun sending those 'Magic Packets'. Give WOL a try - it's free.
Windows 7 Remote Shutdown - Explore the Additional Commands
/t is for time. Is 30 seconds too short (or too long) a time? You can adjust with /t: 60 to display the dialog box for one minute. Maximum is 600 seconds.
/c is for a comment. Would you like to put your stamp on the shutdown? Let people know who is in charge, who is shutting them down? /c "Guy is shutting you down"
/d p:4:1 reason. Personally, I would avoid this switch, the syntax is tricky the numbers obscure and worst of all it does nothing exciting. That said the idea is sound, it enters a reason for the shutdown in the event log. If you activate shutdown's help, then you will get a whole list of major and minor reasons that you could employ with this switch. For me, this switch is an option, an option that I do not take.
/a Abort shutdown command. See more about Cancel Windows Shutdown
Note 1: The shutdown command line switches work equally well with a dash, for example, -d, -r or -a
Tip - Launch The GUI With Shutdown /i
Consider making a shortcut to shutdown. The advantage is that you can include the /i (-i) for interactive switch. The benefit is that you have a GUI to control your shutdowns or restarts.
Just right-click the desktop, New, Shortcut, type
A shortcut is born. (See screenshot above right).
7 Remote Shutdown Switches
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What I like best is the way NPM suggests solutions to network problems. Its also has the ability to monitor the health of individual VMware virtual machines. If you are interested in troubleshooting, and creating network maps, then I recommend that you try NPM now.
PowerShell v 2.0's Restart-Computer is very similar to the Windows 7 shutdown /r command. A likely scenario is that you wish to automate the reboot of a or remote server. With a tiny substitution to the cmdlet's verb you could change the command so that it simply shuts down the computer. See more about using PowerShell's Restart-Computer cmdlet.
How To Stop Psycho Remotely Shutting Down Computers
If you are running a training session and the delegate from hell keeps shutting down other students machines by abusing shutdown -s or -r, then configure a policy to prevent 'Force Shutdown From A Remote Machine'.
Launch GPMC or SECPOL.MSC
Experiment by assigning just your account, rather than all administrators.
Separate Problem Event Tracker
Summary of Windows 7 Remote Shutdown Command Line Switches
It's fun to learn the Windows 7 shutdown command line switches, and one day they will save you a long walk when you want restart or stop a remote computer. My advice is to perfect the /a (abort) switch, that way you won't panic if you issue a command to shutdown the local computer instead of the network machine.
For beginners, shutdown /i gives you time to check the options in a GUI.
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