Possible to Add Native Restart / Shutdown to RDP Connections via Policy or Other Methods?

Posted on 2014-08-04
Last Modified: 2014-08-04
Hey Guys -

I RDP to systems numerous times a day.  The majority of these are servers which I rarely need to restart; but recently I've been doing some testing on Windows 7 VMs and do need to restart often.  However, as you know, when connected to Windows via RDP and open the Start Menu, the only options provided are "Logoff" and "Lock."

I wanted to ask if anyone knew a way to natively add at least "Restart" to a RDP session in the start menu as it appears when using Windows locally.

Yes, I know that I could create shortcuts or symlinks to scripts via an icon, but I'm trying to get it to look as it does when using locally due to multiple non-tech people which will be using the VMs.  I've poured through group policy as well as searched online, but cannot find a way to do it where it looks at least similar.

My current, personal solution is that I run "shutdown -i", enter "localhost" and selection options for an immediate restart as "shutdown -r" has a timeout.  I know there's a switch for "-r" to set timeout, but I've forgotten it.

Anyways - does anyone know if there's a way to do this natively?  If not, what would you suggest as the next best method?  I would need for the fix to apply for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.

Thank You!
Question by:BzowK
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    Accepted Solution

    "Natively" the easiest Workaround is to click the Desktop, press Alt F4 and select restart/shutdown.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Joshua Grantom
    There is not a way to add Shutdown/Restart back to the menu while using RDP.

    to shutdown immediately without a timer is

    shutdown -r -t 00

    Your best bet is to create a batch script with the above line and add a shortcut to all users desktops to the batch script. If you do a batch script it will be

    shutdown.exe /r /t 00
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    Expert Comment

    You can also press Ctrl-Alt-End, which sends Ctrl-Alt-Del to the remote computer.  From there you can select Shutdown, Restart, etc.

    Author Closing Comment

    Works best / easiest for me - Thanks!

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