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Software to shutdown multiple remote PC's, that integrates with AD?

Discussion in 'Software' started by wagnerk, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. wagnerk
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    Hi All,

    Was wondering if anyone has come across a software package that will allow us to shutdown multiple PC's at a predetermined time that integrates with AD?

    I'm already familar with PsShutdown (part of the PsTools collection), but I want something that is else.

    I came across a software package for about £300-£400 approx, but can't find it now. Can anyone help?

    -ken
     
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  2. dmarsh

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    Sky was using something as part of their green initiative.

    It was this :-

    http://www.1e.com/softwareproducts/NightWatchman/Features.aspx

    Seemed to work ok, allowed machines to be auto powered off each night saving energy costs, users could override if working late etc.
     
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  3. Sparky
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    Use shutdown command in a batch file, no? :biggrin
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    Thanks guys, will look into those options :)

    -ken
     
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    Sparky's right (as usual) - batch file FTW.

    I use a simple batch file in our remote offices:

    "shutdown -r -t 30"

    That restarts the box, with a message displayed for thirty seconds allowing someone to cancel it if they're sat there. Stick that in a scheduled task and run it under an AD account (I use an account cunningly named 'ScheduledTasks') and Robert's your Father's Brother.

    You could use something like RShut Pro, but this and other commercial products all cost money, and rely on WOL (something I've never found to be reliable and is always one of the first things I disable on the NICs on my imaged builds)
     
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  7. Gav

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    I haven't got an environment to test it, and I don't know how well it would work practically, but can you put more than one computer after the -m tag on the 'shutdown' command?

    e.g. shutdown -m \\pc1 \\pc2 \\pc3 \\pc4 \\pc5 \\pc6

    It's certainly a more manual way of doing it, but it's doable.
     
  8. wagnerk
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    Thanks again :) I do know the commands, however I was looking for something with extra features.

    Very similar to the one dmarsh pointed out, not only shut down PC's but also showed how "green" we were, simple info to inform us how much we've saved in electric, etc... Plus produced any reports that upper management may want to see.

    Should have specified it in my first post, d'oh...

    -Ken
     
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    Remember to consider the price of the software against how much money you will save having the PCs switched off. A batch file is free apart from the amount of time you need to set it up.

    Just compare your bills before and after using the batch file. That’s all the info upper management should need! :biggrin
     
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    We use a wake on lan facility if you want to turn a computer back on remotely too thats pretty cool and makes the upper echelons happy to know you could turn their desktop on if they needed to remote in :D
     
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    You could always set the PCs to boot whenever they get power and trip the entire circuit :twisted:
     
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    I used one of the online utils from one of the "green" online engry saver calculators and based on the amount of PC's we have and the frequency of them left on at night (during term time, so 38 weeks per year), it says we'll save £14k approx pa. So not too worried about the price it's a couple of hundred :)

    But will give the batch file a go, see if it meets our needs :)

    -Ken
     
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    Wow thats a big saving! Whats that? Bigger Bonus did I hear someone say, ah yeah :D
     
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    We get Users to shutdown when they go home rather than log out.
     
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    A few progs listed here

    Alternatively have you tried asking the Green IT SG at the BCS ? They may have some thoughts/recommendations
     
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    I wish :lol:

    We've tried that, doesn't work (on users part) :(

    Good idea, will try that also.

    Thanks guys :thumbleft

    -ken
     
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  17. JohnBradbury

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    You don't need a 3rd party utility you can use the built-in shutdown command.

    From a command prompt run

    Code:
    shutdown -i
    This will bring up a shutdown GUI which allows you to enter multiple host names, just make sure you are logged in with an account that has admin rights on all hosts you wish to shutdown.
     
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    Well I tell ya what, I've never come across that John so ya getting rep'd for that one. Jim
     
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