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Hi there,
Running server 2008 R2 domain, with window 7 prof clients.  Many users came today complaingint that someone is remotely shutting their machines down.  What can be safely set into the AD so that no one can shutdown my client machines.
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Ok so you will need to look here first and create your GPO. I believe this is the same for W7.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/539.mspx?mfr=true

You will also want to make sure you change the local Administrator password or disable local logons again using GPO to prohibit someone using a local account to reboot the workstation.
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I would make sure this setting is set at a domain level GPO and not on the local GPO
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by:amanzoor
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My domain level and domain controller level GPOs are all fine, the problem I have found is that on all these laptops, the users belong to a group called 'student' and this groups has been added to the local administrators group.  I think this is the reason they can shut down each others machines.  If I remove this groups from the local administrators group then these users cannot install any apps, or software.  What can I do?  help
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In the domain or local GPO you can control exactly which users can or cannot shutdown the computer.

Computer Configuration \ Windows Settings \ Security Settings \ Local Policies \ User Rights Assignments \ Shut down the system

Change this to be only one group or user and you will be all-set.
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Just create a special group and make the actual administrator account the only member of that group...assign using the above method I and Firebar mentioned and you're done.
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firebar and cgitek,
By putting assigning these GPO settings, will the laptop users will be able to shut their own machines down or no?  As a rule they should be able to shut down their own laptops and not anyone else?
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To do what you have described, a local GPO would have to be used. On each machine, simply add the user who should be able to shut down the computer, to the GPO.
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