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Force shutdown through GPO?

I am looking for a way to force a computer shutdown every friday evening in our office. I would like to manage this centrally through GPO or something on the server side. I do not want to have to install software on each individual machine as I have 200 of them.

What is the best end easily centrally managed way of going about this?
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Henrik Johansson

8/22/2022 - Mon
Brian Pierce

You can create a batch file to use the shutdown command, this ca be scheduled on one machine eg the DC and will shutdown the others at the scheduled time

shutdown -s -t 10 -f -m \\Computer01
shutdown -s -t 10 -f -m \\Computer02
shutdown -s -t 10 -f -m \\Computer03

According to your example, I would have to create a new line for every computer on my network? I don't think I want to do that. I want to have the flexibility to change shutdown times and computers as needed without going into individual command lines.

Is there a piece of software that can manage shutdowns form the server side? I'm looking for a simple managed approach.
Henrik Johansson

You can do it with some scripting to push it out to all computers in a specific OU
The sample script below will create or change the task to schedule shutdown 19:00 (7PM) every friday for all computers in a given OU.

createshutdown.cmd CREATE "OU=Computer OU-path,DC=domain,DC=com"

To centralize it with GPO, you can create a custom ADM and use it in a GPO.
Create another scheduled task running a script that pull the shutdown time from the GPO.
@echo off
IF "%~2"=="" goto _help
IF "%1"=="CREATE" goto _run
IF "%1"=="CHANGE" goto _run
goto _help
SET RUNUSER=administrator
for /F %%a in ('dsquery computer %2^|dsget computer -samid^| find /v "dsget"^|find /v "samid"') do (
  for /F "delims=$" %%b in ("%%a") do (
    echo. %%b
    schtasks /%1 /S %%b /RU %RUNUSER% /RP %RUNPASS% /TN shutdownFriday /SC WEEKLY /ST 19:00 /D FRI /F /TR shutdown
goto _eof
echo. Syntax
echo.   %0 CREATE "OU=oupath,DC=dc,DC=com" - Create task for all computers in OU
echo.   %0 CHANGE "OU=oupath,DC=dc,DC=com" - Change task for all computers in OU

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