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