remote shutdown

September 20, 2011 at 21:28:33
Specs: Windows XP
Hi Everyone,

I want to use the shutdown feature of windows xp pro to shutdown another computer on my LAN remotely.

I have tried putting in shutdown \\COMPUTER-NAME and various other things in the command prompt but it doesnt work.

I also tried putting in shutdown -i to get the graphical shutdown dialog. I tried this, but when i click ok i get a message in the command prompt saying

Access is denied

I tried using the browse feature in the graphical dialog but get this message: "The directory service is currently unavailable"

I also have tried access properties of the computer in Compuer Management but get an error: "Win32: Access is denied"

I have an admin account on both computers

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September 21, 2011 at 10:46:55
You mention that you have an Admin account on both systems. Do both admin accounts have the exact Userid/Password combination? Because the Shutdown command doesn't provide userid or password parameters, identical credentials must already exist on both systems. Then, the command would be:

To Shutdown: shutdown - m \\remotecomputername
To Restart: shutdown -r - m \\remotecomputername

The remote system will display a popup counting down from 30 seconds to shutdown.

If you want to change the default (30 sec) shutdown delay, include the -t seconds parameter.

For example, if you want to restart a remote system named "System2" and give the user 2 minutes to save files and exit programs you would use:
shutdown -r -t 120 -m \\System2

-- kptech

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September 21, 2011 at 15:30:57
Isn't that a "net send" command?

If so, you'll probably find that the "messenger" service is disabled on the remote machine (being the security risk it is). If you're smart, it'll also be disabled on your machine. The "net send" commands need that service to be running on both machines.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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