The Beyondlogic shutdown utility on the other hand provides :
The beyondlogic shutdown dialog, giving your users the option to cancel your action
Scheduling a Shutdown on Windows NT/2000/XP
Windows 2000 and XP contains a GUI task scheduler. However this scheduler doesn’t provide the option to allow processes the right to interact with the desktop. Therefore you need to use the AT service bundled with NT4/2000 and XP instead.
C:\ at 18:00 /interactive /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su c:\windows\shutdown.exe -i -l 600 -m “Management acknowledges your dedication to your work. However if you choose to go home now and have a good night, you will be much more productive tomorrow.”
The above example shows how you can schedule a shutdown to occur at 6:00pm each night. In this example shutdown.exe has been copied to c:\windows (Windows XP).
In medium workgroups and larger organisations, the above solution requires shutdown.exe to be copied to all your computers and the scheduler set up on each computer. Each computer will then shutdown based on it's own system clock. While many sites sync the workstation clock at log-in, flat CMOS batteries can be a problem for those sites who don't. It can also be a large task to change the configuration should you need to reschedule around an event.
Another solution is the popular beyondexec which can be used to run processes or shutdown multiple workstations on a single or group of remote workstations. In this case you could run a single scheduled task on a NTP sync'd server to shutdown your group of computers. If you need to change the scheduled time there is only one setting to change, and it gives you the flexibility to shutdown the workstations on demand such as moments before a scheduled power outage. The other advantage is there is absolutely nothing you have to install on your remote computers.Trouble Shooting
Windows NT 4 can be made to switch itself off after shutdown should your computer supports power management. When Service Pack 6/6a is extracted you will find a hal.dll.softex file. If you replace \winnt\system32\hal.dll with a copy of this file, using -d poweroff with beyondexec will shutdown and poweroff your ACPI Windows NT 4 Workstation. Failure to replace the hal.dll will result in the poweroff action rebooting your Windows NT computer.Locked Workstations
When a workstation is locked, the shutdown, reboot and logout actions will not function correctly unless the -f (force applications to terminate) switch is specified. The suspend and hibernate actions will function correctly on a locked workstation. This is a problem associated with the ExitWindowsEx() API provided in Windows.
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