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Hi All.

I am looking for a piece of software that will allow me to perform a scheduled server restart (Windows 2003 and SBS2003)

Windows may already come with this facility (if it does I am not aware of it) - and if its a complicated command line procedure that may not suit.

Could anyone please point me in the right direction or offer advise of how best to do it?

Also - if anyone has opinions about doing this - pro or con - I would be please to hear from you.

Thank you and Regards
Andy Keen
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torquedtech earned 1400 total points
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Hi,

Check out amp winoff
http://www.ampsoft.net/utilities/WinOFF.php
I use it schedule restarts on all of my windows servers

Good Luck
~Dan
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You can do this without a third-party application using Scheduled Tasks in Control Panel and the "shutdown" command.
Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
    [/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]
 
    No args    Display help. This is the same as typing /?
    /?         Display help. This is the same as not typing any options
    /i         Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
               This must be the first option
    /l         Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d option
    /s         Shutdown the computer
    /r         Shutdown and restart the computer
    /a         Abort a system shutdown.
               This can only be used during the time-out period
    /p         Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
               This can only be used with /d option
    /h         Hibernate the local computer.
               This can only be used with the /f option
    /e         Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer
    /m \\computer Specify the target computer
    /t xxx     Set time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
               The valid range is 0-600, with a default of 30
    /c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
               Maximum of 127 characters allowed
    /f         Force running applications to close without forewarning users
    /d [p:]xx:yy  Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown
               p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned
               xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256)
               yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536)
 
Reasons on this computer:
(E = Expected U = Unexpected P = planned, C = customer defined)
Type    Major   Minor   Title
 
 U      0       0       Other (Unplanned)
E       0       0       Other (Unplanned)
E P     0       0       Other (Planned)
 U      0       5       Other Failure: System Unresponsive
E       1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P     1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Planned)
E       1       2       Hardware: Installation (Unplanned)
E P     1       2       Hardware: Installation (Planned)
  P     2       3       Operating System: Upgrade (Planned)
E       2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Unplanned)
E P     2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Planned)
  P     2       16      Operating System: Service pack (Planned)
        2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Unplanned)
  P     2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Planned)
        2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Unplanned)
  P     2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Planned)
E       4       1       Application: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P     4       1       Application: Maintenance (Planned)
E P     4       2       Application: Installation (Planned)
E       4       5       Application: Unresponsive
E       4       6       Application: Unstable
 U      5       15      System Failure: Stop error
E       5       19      Security issue
 U      5       19      Security issue
E P     5       19      Security issue
E       5       20      Loss of network connectivity (Unplanned)
 U      6       11      Power Failure: Cord Unplugged
 U      6       12      Power Failure: Environment
  P     7       0       Legacy API shutdown

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by:AndyKeen
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Hi torquedtech

Thanks for the info.

Does this work on Server 2003 and SBS2003 - with the required 'reason for restart / shutdown' requirement?
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by:torquedtech
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yes, I have used it on both versions.

I forgot to mention that it is free

~Dan
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by:AndyKeen
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thank you both.

The command line info was not the easiest answer I was after - so will agreement would like to split points 350 for torquedtech and 150 for DarrenMcCall
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