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I have a Windows 2008 R2 server running as RDP Server. I enable GPO User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Remove and prevent access to the Shutdown, Restart, Sleep and Hibernate commands.

This worked and has remove those commands from the Start button, leaving Lock and Logoff.
However, when an user clicks Windows Security, the power button on the bottom right corner still has the options for restart and shutdown.
How can I remove that as well?
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Hi.

With default settings, users will of course NOT be able to restart or shutdown the server. They will be able to logoff, yes. If you made them local admins on the server OR if you have modified the user right assignments, then it's something different - have you? Check admin membership and check user right assignments via rsop.msc.
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you probably can but there will always be other ways to stop or restart a machine.

it maybe wiser to only grant terminal service access to users that do not have enough privilege to stop/start the server
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Yes, Users are not able to restart or shutdown the server if they are no local admins.
However the power button still show up after clicking into Windows Security but no effect when restart or shutdown is chosen.
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