Handy and simple remote shutdown commands

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Sometimes you might be unable to use shutdown/restart command from the start menu when remotely logged into a machine. 


Here is a few but handy windows command to remotely shutdown a machine. Most server administrators in Zambia are not so exposed to the use of command. There’s so much dependence on the GUI.


With Powershell or the legendary CMD some task can so easily be carried out. Here are a few commands you can use to remotely shutdown a machine


Here’s how to do the shutdown functions via a powershell or cmd:


  • shutdown -r — restarts
  • shutdown -s — shutdown
  • shutdown -l — logoff
  • shutdown -t xx — where xx is number of seconds to wait till shutdown/restart/logoff
  • shutdown -i — gives you a dialog box to fill in what function you want to use
  • shutdown -a — aborts the previous shutdown command….very handy!
  • shutdown -h — hibernate. Easy mistake – it’s not for help


Additional options:

  • -f — force the selected action


/f parameter is very handy. If you are on a remote machine, you may also want to add the -f option to force the reboot. Otherwise your session may close and a stubborn app can hang the system.


Also remember to give a bit of time space option on the remote rather than it immediately shut down. The best option i like is 

shutdown -t 30 -r


Note that the /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is specified for the /t parameter


Also fruitful is the command that can be done to shutdown a machine  without remote desktop


shutdown -t  30 -r -m \\xxx 

where xxx is the desired machine name or IP address in the domain

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