Force client to log off

Posted on 2006-04-12
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Can a network administrator force a client machine to log off?
Question by:ronfast
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    Yes. One method (from the server)
    Right click My Computer....
    Select Manage
    Expand Shared Folders
    Click on Sessions - you will get a list of connected machines. Right-click on a machine and choose "close session"
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    Here is a free utility (download at the bottom of the page) which will handle it and then some like a shutdown if you want.  It will do logoffs.
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, they can.  If you go to a command prompt and type in shutdown, you will see all the options there, as well as the proper syntax.  You can specify a remote computer also.

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    Expert Comment

    the admin password has to be the same as the one you are logged on to. You have to be an admin or have a domain controller and the computers are joined the domain.
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    Expert Comment

    You are correct fm250.  I assumed that this was the case when he referred to end users as clients and stated he was a network admin.  
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    Go grab the psutilities package from It includes psshutdown, which has a ton of options. Plus the rest of the tools are very handy as well (and small).


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