Thursday, April 28, 2011

Remote Shutdown

Have you ever found yourself using Microsoft Remote Desktop without access to the physical machine and you need to reboot it? Or sometimes you have access to the physical machine but there isn't a keyboard hooked up for some bizarre reason that makes perfect sense to you. If so then you probably already know this and this post is pointless, but every so often I encounter someone that doesn't know the about shutdown.exe. Microsoft has a pretty old article about How To Use the Remote Shutdown Tool to Shut Down and Restart a Computer in Windows 2000. My use of shutdown.exe is to force a restart now:

c:\shutdown -t 00 -f -r

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