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I am looking for an Alternative to EMCO Remote Shutdown

Last Modified: 2019-02-10
We use EMCO Remote Shutdown to reboot computers at all our offices.  The program is great, however, the latest version is very expensive.

We currently leave all the computers on so they get updates at night.  I have them scheduled to reboot twice weekly.  

I am looking for suggestions on an alternative.
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J.R. SitmanIT Director


RemoteRebootx is ok but does not allow to specify the days to reboot.  Also, you have to enter the workstations one at a time.  EMCO lets you emulate the Domain
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
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What are the exact requirements?
Is it enough just to go through the Active Directory computers and reboot if reachable, running this as a PowerShell task twice a week at a single machine?
Do you need logging, if yes to which extent?
J.R. SitmanIT Director


I do not want to use PowerShell.  No experience.    

1. Be able to scan the domain and add computers
2. Be able to reboot on a schedule, at least twice a week
3. Get emailed on success or failure
4. Keep records of success or failure
David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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I do not want to use PowerShell.  No experience.   [snide remark on] I don't want to read. No Experience [snide remark off]

The easiest way to get experience is by doing. None of us knew how to walk but after several failed attempts we learned how to.
starter script
# Get a list of computers
$computers = get-adcomputer -filter * | select-object -expandproperty name
#  Item one completed
$mycomputer = $env:computername  # we don't want to restart this computer until the end
foreach ($computer in $computers) {
if ($computer -ne $mycomputer) {
restart-computer -name $computer
restart-computer -name $mycomputer

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define exactly what you mean by success or failure?
If computer is off then is it a success or failure?
if we cannot connect to computer is it a failure?
if we send the restart command do we wait for it to come back online? Could be an hour if doing significant updates.
J.R. SitmanIT Director


Thanks for the feedback and I agree "is by doing".  But not going to learn Powershell.  :-)
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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Distinguished Expert 2019

EMCO lets you emulate the Domain
Yes, and very expensive
J.R. SitmanIT Director


RemoteRebootx is not exactly what I was looking for but it was the best option.


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