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How do I write a script with a timer to reboot XP and 2K workstations?

Posted on 2009-04-07
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Hi Folks,

I'm a newbie to the world of Scripting. I will presume VBScript is able to restart systems as I have come across a few simple scripts to do that.

I will like to create a script to be pushed from SMS to do a mandatory restart of W2K and XP workstations. There should be a prompt telling the user to save all their files and restart now or it will restart automatically in 90mins.

- If the user click restart now, there will be another prompt to inform user to save their files before clicking on the restart button.
- If the user click restart in 90mins, there will  be a pop up timer to show how many minutes more before restart.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Derek
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Hi yehudaha,

PsShutdown is a utility and I have to insert the computer names in. As I already have SMS with the collection of all the computers, I'm looking at how I can push down a single script to restart all these systems without the need for any third party software.

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most newer operating systems include shutdown.exe
Not sure if that would meet your needs or not?
We add a custom app to our sms packages that shutdown the pc after verifying some things using this:

shutdown -s -t 10 -f
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by:Decarn
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Hi sirbounty,

shutdown command does not exist for WIN2K. My environment has both W2K and XP system.
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Then use this method:

C:\Windows\Rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHExitWindowsEx 0x2

outlined at http://www.trap17.com/index.php/automated-restarts-shutdown_t20408.html
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