Need to warn users of impending PC restart and then do it

Posted on 2010-01-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Hi All.  I am using SMS 2003 to push out Symantec Endpoint Protection.   I can install this remotely, silently on the users system.  BUT, it requires a full reboot  for two of the SEP options to work.  What I would like to do is have a program (something I can put in SMS hopefully) sent to each system individually that will start a countdown on the users screen showing a time when their system will restart @ XX time.  A ticker reminiscent of the Windows update countdown.  It would be great if there is a 'Restart Now' button so people can restart before the deadline.  Of course we can set an SMS action after program runs to restart the system.  But this is not practical for how we need to do our roll-out.

Any thoughts?
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    An integrated feature is to use msg.exe. It can connect remote, post a message there, implement a timeout, wait for timeout or confirmation. It even leaves a message in EventLog ...
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    I knew there was a built in feature for that but couldn't remember it since it's been so long since I used it.
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    you could always do a shutdown /r /t <time in seconds until shutdown>
    This will have a popup with a countdown that the user can't easily dismiss.

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