Remote Shutdown Tool

The Remote Shutdown tool of Desktop Central provides options to shutdown, restart, lock and hibernate systems remotely. You can complete the following tasks, manually, using this tool:

You can also schedule the automatic completion of the tasks mentioned above.

Completing Tasks Manually

You can complete the following tasks manually using Desktop Central. You can do this by using the Shutdown Now tab.

Adding Computers to Shutdown or Restart

You are required to add computers on the Remote Shutdown page to shutdown or restart remotely. Before adding systems to shutdown or restart, ensure that you have specified common credentials, in all systems, to complete these tasks. To specify credentials, visit the Add Computers page.

To add computers to shutdown or restart, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Click Add Computers
  4. Against Select Type, choose Computer
  5. Select a domain or workgroup to view the computers in it
  6. Select the required computers to add
  7. Click OK

Repeat steps 5 and 6 to add computers from other domains or workgroups.

The selected computers are listed under Computer Name in the Shutdown Now tab.

To remove computers from the Shutdown Now tab, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Select the required computers
  4. Click Remove Computers

The selected computers are removed from the Shutdown Now tab.

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Shutdown Options

When you want to shutdown a computer, you are required to specify the following options for shutting down:

Choose one of the following options:

Use this option to specify the time in seconds to display a warning message in all the client computers before shutting down. Specify zero to skip the message and shutdown immediately

Enter a message in the field provided. This message will be displayed in all the computers before they are shutdown.

Supported Operations

You can complete the following tasks on a remote computer:

Shutting down a computer

To shut down a computer, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Select the required computers
  4. Click Shutdown Now
  5. Specify the required settings
  6. Click Shutdown

You've successfully shut down the selected computers.

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Restarting a computer

To restart a computer, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Select the required computers
  4. Click Restart Now
  5. Specify the required settings
  6. Click Restart

You've successfully restarted the selected computers.

Setting a computer in Hibernate mode

To set a remote computer in Hibernate mode, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Select the required computers
  4. From the More Actions list, select Hibernate
  5. Click Yes

You have successfully set the selected computers in Hibernate mode.

Setting a computer to Stand by mode

To set a remote computer to Stand by mode, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Select the required computers
  4. From the More Actions list, select Stand by
  5. Click Yes

You have successfully set the selected computers to Stand by mode.

Locking a computer

To lock a computer, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Select the required computers
  4. From the More Actions list, select Lock Computers
  5. Click Yes

You have successfully locked the selected computers.

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Scheduling Automatic Tasks

You can complete the following tasks automatically using Desktop Central. You can do this by using the Schedule Shutdown tab.

Creating and Scheduling Tasks

You can create and schedule various tasks. To create and schedule a shutdown task, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Tools tab
  2. Click Remote Shutdown
  3. Click the Schedule Shutdown tab
  4. Click Add Shutdown Task
  5. Enter a name for the task
  6. From the Operation section, select the required type of task
  7. Select the Shutdown/Restart Options, if applicable

These options are available only if you select Shutdown or Restart.

  1. Select the required computers
  2. Schedule when you want the task to take place:
  1. Click Save Task
  2. Select the required task
  3. In the Action column, select Execute Now

You have created and deployed a task using the Schedule Shutdown tab

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