Disabling the shutdown option on desktop workstations through GPO in AD.

I have searched and haven't found an option that does what I need to do.  Basically I need to disable the shutdown function of all desktop workstations (I have highlighted the OU in the picture below) so that I make sure users don't shut down thier computers at night so that nightly mandatory virii scans can kick off and complete.

Thanks in advance for you help.
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corphealthAsked:
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calepantkeCommented:
Apply this setting through GPOs for that particular OU.

User, Administrative Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar, Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down command (enable)

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mikainzCommented:
you'd better try to implement some wake on lan scripts before scanning the machines.
The GPO prevents from shutdown via UI, but what about pressing the OFF button at the PC ?
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corphealthAuthor Commented:
"Apply this setting through GPOs for that particular OU.

User, Administrative Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar, Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down command (enable)"
Won't work? I want it on a per machine basis and not per user.  I don't want a user that uses a laptop to be affected by this.  For instance if i have a user that uses both a laptop and desktop, besides that OU that is highlighted makes only references to computers and not users, therefore it won't apply to any users.

Please advise me! =)
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corphealthAuthor Commented:

"you'd better try to implement some wake on lan scripts before scanning the machines.
The GPO prevents from shutdown via UI, but what about pressing the OFF button at the PC ?"

Good call, I will have to look into this after I sucesfully remove the shutdown option.
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mikainzCommented:
Why don't you just walk on to step 2 and implement the wake on lan and all your 'preventing shutdown' concerns a blown away?
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calepantkeCommented:
" I don't want a user that uses a laptop to be affected by this. "
You only apply that setting to a GPO that applies to the Desktop OU.

"besides that OU that is highlighted makes only references to computers and not users, therefore it won't apply to any users."
You can turn on Loopback processing mode MERGE and it will apply the user settings.
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corphealthAuthor Commented:
"Why don't you just walk on to step 2 and implement the wake on lan and all your 'preventing shutdown' concerns a blown away?"
Becuase that is not what I was told to do, That is not how we want to go about it at this time.  What I want to do is stated above.

Thanks
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calepantkeCommented:
What I mentioned above should work just fine. Let me know when you try it out.
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corphealthAuthor Commented:
Thanks, it worked great.  Just as an extra, I wrote a vbscript for helpdesk (just to simplify the shutdown command for them) to use in case they need to reboot a remote users pc, has been working great, thanks for the help.  
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