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How to Keep Normal Users from Shutting Down a Terminal Server

With Windows 2000 server it is possible for anyone to shutdown the server by default. Sometimes a user, who is not familiar with terminal server can accidentally shutdown a server causing all other users to be disconnected. It is possible to disallow this option from the menu, busying a group policy or other techniques. When using a group policy to remove the shutdown command, it is near impossible to shutdown the server even if
you are the administrator. This method should not be used due to the complexity of shutting down the server after the policy has been enforced. The following method should be used to disallow the shutdown command.

Changing permissions
1. Locate the tsshutdn.exe application; it should be in the c:winntsystem32 folder.
2. Right click the file and select Properties
3. From the Properties windows, click on the Security tab
The following screen appears.

4. Uncheck the box for Allow inheritable permissions from parent to propagate to this object.
This will cause the following warning to appear.

5. Select Copy. This will copy all the current objects.
6. After copying the existing permissions list, remove the Everyone and the Authenticated
Users object.

7. After making this change, click on the Ok button to save the changes and close all open
With this change made, when a user selects Shutdown from the Start menu the only option
available will be to:
Log off
When the Administrator or a user with admin rights selects Shutdown from the Start menu they will have all
the options available to them:
Log off

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I set shutdown time at 10 pm by using crontab but server shutdown at 1800 or 6 pm . I am using LINUX CentOS

Try using ttps://launchpad.net/gpoweroff also the other way to set auto shut down is

Also another way is

A simpler way is to add the appropriate shutdown command to the /etc/profile file (as root):
Open a terminal window and su to root:
[user@localhost ~]$ su
Password: (enter root password here)

This example will open /etc/profile in the kate text editor:
[root@localhost user] # kate /etc/profile
Add the following command to the end of the file:
shutdown -h hh:mm
Replace hh:mm with the time at which you want the computer to shutdown automatically each day
The -h option tells shutdown to turn the
computer off (halt).
For more information on the shutdown
command open a terminal window and enter:
man shutdown
Remember, the man command is your friend.
With it you can get information on nearly
any command available in your Linux system

Let me know if this helps

Mar 17, 2010 | Fujitsu Siemens Siemens PRIMERGY RX300...

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first of all sorry for my english i have 10 user pc and 1 server (windows 2000 sp4) and 1 modem i have static ip address in my modem and i give the local ip in my modem i give the address in default gatways to all my users it's (internet) work fine to all my 10 user pc..... but when i put in my server default gatways internet not working to all my 10 pc's and server also....... give me the solution plz......

Each of the eleven(!) computers needs:
1. a _unique_ IP-address
2. the IP-address of the "gateway" device
3. the "network-mask" (usually

The IP-address for your server must *NOT* match the IP-address of any of the 10 computers.

The IP-address for your server must *NOT* match the IP-address of the "gateway" computerl.

Nov 13, 2009 | Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

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Error message

That is an infections that doing that to your computer. You can stop the shutdown by running this command before the countdown reaches zero. Type this command from the Start->Run box:

shutdown -a

This should kill the countdown. However, you will have to get that infection removed from your computer.

Oct 11, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Windows 200 users

Go to the below link, You have all what is needed to upgrade your OS to Windows Server 2003, You have the migration tools download link on this page, select the migration tool depending on Whether you are using Active Directory or Local Users. Ready the Guide carefully. Before you do anything first plan what you are going to do and then execute the plan step by step. Upgrading is not just like that. Because you might get problems later. In order to save your time Plan what you want to do and how you are going to do. Then execute the work as planned. This will save you from spending hour rectifing problem you get after transfer or migration.
Post back on you status

Jan 03, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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