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Windows 2003 restart server script

Brad_nelson1 asked
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I need a script that I can add to the Task Scheduler that will restart my windows 2003 server. I have tried a few but none seem to work.

Can anyone provide me with such a script?

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You even don't need any scripts.
1. Open Add Scheduled Tasks
2. Browse "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe"
3. Call it "Restatrt" and make a schedule.
4. Next screen: enter user name and password (admin rights)
5. Check "open advanced properties when I click finish" and click finish
6. Change "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe" to "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00"

All done


My windows 2003 server doesnt have shutdown.exe anywhere on the server.
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If it is 2003, shutdown.exe should be there.  You sure it is 2003 Server?  Because 2000 Server does not have shutdown.exe.


Ya I made the mistake of looking on a windows 2000 server, I did find it on my windows 2003 server.

How can I do the same thing for windows 2000? Can I copy the shutdown.exe to the windows 2000 server?

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Here is a free utility that also should work with Windows 2000.

I need to do the same on my server.

Can some explain to me why I have to ammend the scheduled task to say as per suggestion above:

6. Change "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe" to "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00
In other words what does "-r -t 00" do to the shutdown command??? Do I need to add that?


-r tells the server is a restart instead of a shutdown.
-t is time, 00 means now 60 would mean 60 seconds from now 3600 would be an hour from the time the command was executed
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