Batch File to shut down network PC's

Posted on 2009-05-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-10

I'm trying to create a batch file to shutdown all out network PC's after 12.30 am every night. I created a simple batch file which parses an IP address from a text file then sends a remote shutdown command to that IP address.

This works fine but if the command comes to an IP address of a PC that is already switched off it ties up the batch file for an exorbitant amount of time. (Code below)

I would prefer to add some method to check if the PC is on first then issue the remote shutdown command if PING returns a response.

Any body have any ideas on this?
FOR /F %%i IN (computers.txt) DO shutdown -m \\%%i -f -s -t 300 -c "Remote PC Shutdown in progress"

Open in new window

Question by:rigneydolphin
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

oBdA earned 500 total points
ID: 24424168
You can ping them before you run the shutdown command, or you could use "start" (the latter will for a short time open a bunch of command windows). You can of course combine the both as well, but there's not much to be gained.

Example 1:
FOR /F %%i IN (computers.txt) DO (
  ping %%i | find /i "TTL"
  if not errorlevel 1 shutdown.exe -m \\%%i -f -s -t 300 -c "Remote PC Shutdown in progress"
FOR /F %%i IN (computers.txt) DO (
  start "" shutdown.exe -m \\%%i -f -s -t 300 -c "Remote PC Shutdown in progress"
Example 3:
FOR /F %%i IN (computers.txt) DO (
  ping %%i | find /i "TTL"
  if not errorlevel 1 start "" shutdown.exe -m \\%%i -f -s -t 300 -c "Remote PC Shutdown in progress"

Open in new window

LVL 70

Expert Comment

ID: 24426194
If you use
start /b "" shutdown .... ^& exit /b
instead of start, no additional windows will appear (but the one-and-only console window output is a mess).


Author Comment

ID: 24429524
Thanks, il test these today
Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


Author Comment

ID: 24472488
thanks for your suggestions, can't manage to get any of these to work so going to purchase software instead i think. its taking too long to get it sorted :-(
LVL 70

Expert Comment

ID: 24473178
That's true only when you know of software doing this ... Don't underestimate the effort for searching for and testing software!

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31583108
Got a variation of your solution working.

Thanks for your help

Featured Post

Get 15 Days FREE Full-Featured Trial

Benefit from a mission critical IT monitoring with Monitis Premium or get it FREE for your entry level monitoring needs.
-Over 200,000 users
-More than 300,000 websites monitored
-Used in 197 countries
-Recommended by 98% of users

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Does the idea of dealing with bits scare or confuse you? Does it seem like a waste of time in an age where we all have terabytes of storage? If so, you're missing out on one of the core tools in every professional programmer's toolbox. Learn how to …
Use this article to create a batch file to backup a Microsoft SQL Server database to a Windows folder.  The folder can be on the local hard drive or on a network share.  This batch file will query the SQL server to get the current date & time and wi…
Viewers will learn how to properly install Eclipse with the necessary JDK, and will take a look at an introductory Java program. Download Eclipse installation zip file: Extract files from zip file: Download and install JDK 8: Open Eclipse and …
Simple Linear Regression

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question