Why  XP and Window 7 PCs on our network dosent shutdows in the evening automatically

Posted on 2014-01-13
Last Modified: 2014-05-26

We use Windows 2012DC , Clients- XP and window 7 on our network. My predecessors have setup all the Client PC shutdows in the evening.
We have 30 PC on each of the ICT labs and i notice that one of the ICt suite dosent power off. I dont know how this was setup in the past.
past and how to trouble shoot this to sort this .

Any help will be much appreciated.

Question by:lianne143
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by:Emmanuel Adebayo
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You will need to check if a group policy was set up of this.

Also check the schedule task to see if there is any shutdown task set up.

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by:Radhakrishnan R
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Usually automatic shutdown/restart handled by Wake on Lan. For this the n/w card should be compatible with magic packets. You can check this in properties of the n/w card>>Click configure>>Advanced>>Magic packets>>Value should be enabled.

Since it's affecting a single room, i suspect that the switch may causing the issue. Refer this article for setting up WOL

Hope this helps
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by:Patrick Bogers
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It is probably both, a scheduled task in a GPO. Try if you can find:
GPO that is targeted to your workstations and go to Computer Configurations > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Scheduled Tasks and look for shutdown.exe command.
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by:Pramod Ubhe
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try running gpupdate /force command on affected PC or you can check which GPOs are applied through GPRESULT /R command or RSOP.msc
additionally you can also check which OU has that GPO applied and if your affected PC is in correct OU. If that GPO is set with some kind of filtering you can also have a look at that as well.

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by:Aditya Arora
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On the subjected System run RUN command as Administrator and then type rsop.msc. it will show you all the Group policy applied to that particular. check the result if you don't find anything in it then, it will we due to local schedule on the system check control panel - schedule task.

Thanks Aditya

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Hi Guys

I went into the all the GPOs on all the Workstation OU under Computer Configurations > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Scheduled Tasks

Nothing is specified here it is blank

Sorry about my previous post  i was thinking it was PCs in only one ICT suite , but its all the same with the PCs on all OUs.

There was one OU which was called Ignore shut . Previously when staff requested their PCs not be shutdows @7pm. I used to move their PCs into this OU.

I think this has happened after we  migrated AD from windows 2008 to 2012

I also ran RSOP i dont get any option for local schedule on the system check control panel - schedule task


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Please suggests  if you know any free software , which can shutdown network PC.

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Radhakrishnan R earned 167 total points
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You can try this one

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