Restart without shutdown? Group policy?

Is it possible to remove the shutdown and leave the restart option?  

I'm working in a 2008 Domain and we have a tons of VMs.  I want to let users reboot, but I do not want them to be able to shutdown.  Is it possible to separate the two with a group policy?


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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
You can do this using GPO as you have stated. The link below provides the GPO path where the setting is enabled.

You cannot prevent users from shutting down a computer. You can only hide the buttons. The link Will posted will hide the buttons but they can still run programs that do that. It also hides restart. You could push out a shortcut that will reboot the system they can run and hide the icons though. But to prevent shutdown but restart doesn't seem to be an option (still). Probably lower on the list since it could easly be bypassed.

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Ultimately, If a user wants to shutdown the computer (whatever it may be) all they need to do is pull the plug and its off. So ultimately you are just going to be running in circles trying to lock this down for the user.

Another thing you can do as well is block the shutdown.exe /s command using group policy.

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