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Batch file or powershell script ro remotely shutdown/restart windows servers

Posted on 2009-03-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-06

I need a batch file or a powershell script which i can use to remotely shutdown or restart multiple windows servers. When i execute the script, it should give me he option of where servers need to be shutdown or restarted which i can accordingly choose. We have windows 2000/2003/2008 servers in our environment.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Question by:satish_halemani
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The following script will give "Planned, Other reason" as reason for shutdown/reboot. A grace period of 5 seconds is set up, and all servers are shutdown at the same time. It requires to have the same admin credentials on each machine.

@echo off
set /P reboot=type s to shutdown only, anything else to reboot
if not defined reboot set reboot=/r
if %reboot% == s (set reboot=/s) else (set reboot=/r)
for /F %%C in (servers.txt) do start /min shutdown /m \\%%C /t 5 /d p:0:0

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Author Comment

ID: 24074924
This is not working. Though it opens the command prompt, it doesn't respond whether i type S or any other key(for reboot).
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Expert Comment

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You have to press enter after your input, and you have to provide a list of servers in servers.txt.
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Author Comment

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No luck. After providing input and press enter, there is no response at all and all the server names are there in servers.txt. Not sure what's the issue. I am executing the script from a windows 2003 server.
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Qlemo earned 250 total points
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Most probably you are executing the script on Windows 2000, where no shutdown command exists. Starting with XP, the syntax of shutdown allows for the options I used above (target system is no issue here, only the client which runs the script).

For debug, you should remove the    start /min   part of the last line. This will a) show the command output  b) wait for the execution of the command.

With start command, all shutdowns are issued at the same time in parallel, running each command in an own command window. I suppose the window is closed immediatly because of a syntax error.

Author Comment

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I used the script on a windows 2003 server only as we dont have 2000 servers in our domain.

Let me try it again with your new suggestions and see if it works.
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