user restrictions 2003 server

Posted on 2006-06-05
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

i have win 2003 server STD. running in my office. i have created users in it and users can remotely login to server. i wanted to know is there any way by which i can disable the Shutdown button option in start bar menu for my users who are logging to server remotely to prevent accidential shutdowns.

i tried this already in Group Policy> User Configuration> Administrative templates> Start Menu and Taskbar> Remove and Prevent access to shut down command.

but when ever i enable this setting, the setting is also applied for the administrator, which means if i am logging to machine i also can not see the Shut down button in start bar menu. i only want to apply these changes for the users and not for administrators.

can any one let me know, how i can do this.

Thanks and regards,
Question by:wajeeh_r
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi wajeeh_r,

    you need a domain environment so that you can segment your users with policies

    otherwise its this battle which is sketchy at best!
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    As Jay said, you would really need a domain environment to properly segment out your policies... but if you don't want to go that route, you can always just remove it for everyone and then use the command line "shutdown -r" command if you need to restart your server.

    You can also click on START > "Windows Security" to bring up the Ctrl-Alt-Del window (if you're in a Terminal Session then you can use Ctrl-Alt-End) which also has a Shutdown/Reboot option.


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