Anyone know if a setting exists to allow a non-admin user to shutdown a server?

Obviously I can set the "Allow Server to shutdown without logon" GPO but that is not quite the same thing. I am looking for a way to properly assign the shutdown right to a particular user if possible.

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You can assign this in either a GPO or Local Security Policy.

The setting that you're looking for is in Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment > Shutdown the system

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  • Thanks MDMarra, that was exactly what I was looking for. Even allows for individual users or groups to be added to the list. In my case I added the "Hyper-V Administrators" group to the shutdown list.
    – NickC
    Nov 28, 2012 at 15:16
  • Does it only work with shutting down or also with restart?
    – Aboodnet
    Jul 13, 2021 at 18:34

use "force shutdown from a remote system" then you can build a script like shutdown -r -t 120 -m "hostname" to restart the system remotely.

  • -r = restart
  • -t = time in seconds
  • -m = Target here you have to enter IP or hostname

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