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I need to shutdown and / or reboot remote system. Can this be done remotely without physically being next to the server?

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up vote 24 down vote accepted

Reboot now:

shutdown /r /m \\computername /t 0

Shutdown now:

shutdown /s /m \\computername /t 0

In both examples, change the 0 to a number of seconds to delay if desired. Plenty of other options you can get from:

shutdown /?
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You can even get a GUI by using shutdown /i – Martin May 1 '09 at 14:13

You might also want to checkout Mark Russinovich's PsShutdown utility. It's similar to the native Windows shutdown command, but also allows you to logoff the console user or lock the console.

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I also prefer psshutdown over the standard shutdown included in Windows, becausa it allows you to specify a user/password different from the one you are logged. – Andrea Bertani May 1 '09 at 15:18
+1 this helpped because I needed to use the u/p. – bendewey Oct 21 '09 at 2:31

In Windows Remote Desktop hit ctrl+alt+END. Then click the Shut Down button.

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Go to command prompt (start > run > cmd) on your workstation... and Type shutdown -r -m \ Replace with the IP address or computer name of the remote machine. -r option is for restart, don't use -r if want to just shut down the system.

This can also be very fun

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shutdown -i gives you a nice simple little GUI for the shutdown command where you can target one or more machines, choose shutdown or restart, set the countdown timer etc. This is the command I always use when I want to restart a remote machine.

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I had a similar post on Stackoverflow and included a reboot script that waits for the server to come back.

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I do this at home. Start > Run cmd.exe and type in shutdown -s -t 60 (I always use -t 60 because I'll forget that I need to do something right when I press enter. shutdown -a will abort a shutdown if it isn't too late.)

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If you have Remote Desktop Access shutdown can be done through here.

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Vista, Server 2008, and Win7 remove the shutdown option from the start menu though. – Wedge May 8 '09 at 22:35

You can also use psshutdown from the SysInternals tools.

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Dogbert's Tech Support: do a Hard Reboot

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Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f] [/m \computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]

No args    Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
/?         Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
/i         Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
           This must be the first option.
/l         Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
/s         Shutdown the computer.
/r         Shutdown and restart the computer.
/g         Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
           rebooted, restart any registered applications.
/a         Abort a system shutdown.
           This can only be used during the time-out period.
/p         Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
           Can be used with /d and /f options.
/h         Hibernate the local computer.
           Can be used with the /f option.
/e         Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
/m \\computer Specify the target computer.
/t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
           The valid range is 0-600, with a default of 30.
           Using /t xxx implies the /f option.
/c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
           Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
/f         Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
           /f is automatically set when used in conjunction with /t xxx.
/d [p|u:]xx:yy  Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
           p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
           u indicates that the reason is user defined.
             if neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is unplanned.
           xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
           yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).

Reasons on this computer: (E = Expected U = Unexpected P = planned, C = customer defined) Type Major Minor Title

U 0 0 Other (Unplanned) E 0 0 Other (Unplanned) E P 0 0 Other (Planned) U 0 5 Other Failure: System Unresponsive E 1 1 Hardware: Maintenance (Unplanned) E P 1 1 Hardware: Maintenance (Planned) E 1 2 Hardware: Installation (Unplanned) E P 1 2 Hardware: Installation (Planned) P 2 3 Operating System: Upgrade (Planned) E 2 4 Operating System: Reconfiguration (Unplanned) E P 2 4 Operating System: Reconfiguration (Planned) P 2 16 Operating System: Service pack (Planned) 2 17 Operating System: Hot fix (Unplanned) P 2 17 Operating System: Hot fix (Planned) 2 18 Operating System: Security fix (Unplanned) P 2 18 Operating System: Security fix (Planned) E 4 1 Application: Maintenance (Unplanned) E P 4 1 Application: Maintenance (Planned) E P 4 2 Application: Installation (Planned) E 4 5 Application: Unresponsive E 4 6 Application: Unstable U 5 15 System Failure: Stop error E 5 19 Security issue U 5 19 Security issue E P 5 19 Security issue E 5 20 Loss of network connectivity (Unplanned) U 6 11 Power Failure: Cord Unplugged U 6 12 Power Failure: Environment P 7 0 Legacy API shutdown

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