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I have shut computers down using autoit.

This is the syntax I use: Run("shutdown -s -f").

Now if you sent messages to text files, and had your computers run a script that checked against that file for commands. Then I imagin you could check against your domain and shutdown if the file says to.

That's how I would go about it. There is probably a better way.

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If you are in an Active Directory Domain and you have access to ADUC, then a more convenient way than reading a text file may be to use the "Active Directory Users and Computers" snap-in. Create a new Task Pad. Once created populate it with a shell script, a CMD file, kind of similar in content to what was provided in the earlier comment. Then all you would need to do is highlight the computer you wish to restart, shutdown, or whatever your shell script does and click the link to the script. Not quite sure if you can do this against multiple as I haven't needed to try it.

You could also take a look at Winternals psexec.

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@JohnOne

Can you give the link?

@songersoft

Can you explain more about sent messages to text files?

@Casey

This method sound easy. I'll try on Monday, and see how it works.

But how can I obtain the list of the computers which are not shutdown?

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And to add to the mix we have the all powerful NirCmnd

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

George

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If you wanted something a little more function rich than the shutdown command that comes with Windows, there's always the PSShutdown program that Microsoft has. With that program you can feed it a list of computer names in a text file and have it shut down just the ones you wanted to without too much coding.

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And to add to the mix we have the all powerful NirCmnd

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

*chuckle* That reminds me so much of the NDOS command interpretor. (NDOS was Norton's COMMAND.COM replacement for MS-DOS 5+)

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I wouldn't be at all surprised if that isn't what he was using. Nils has been around for a good many years now and he's not one to change his habits easily.

His theory seems to be "If it works; stay with it."

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George

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