Tuesday, 09 August 2005
FIX: Server 2003 won't shutdown because of 'logged on users'
i encountered problems trying to shut down or reboot my windows server
2003 while logged in via remote desktop. i initiate a shut down
from the start up menu, and it logs me off and quits the RD session,
but doesn't power off. If i try and connect in again with RD, it
shows me a
blank screen on the server for a few seconds, and then quits with no
if i try running "shutdown -s" then i click
OK to the message that the computer is shutting down in 30 seconds, but
it never does. system log entry: "Application popup: System Shutdown :
The system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log
off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. "
finally, if i
push the power button it doesn't complete the shut down either. (i have
'shutdown' selected in power management for when the button is
pressed). i do see an event ID 26 in the system log at the time i
pressed the button, with the message 'Application popup: Windows :
Other people are logged on to this computer. Shutting down Windows
might cause them to lose data. Do you want to continue shutting down?'.
this is a bit useless because the server has no
mouse/keyboard/monitor, and i have no way to interact that message
except using remote desktop (which doesn't even show that message on
screen if i am logged in via RD), and i want to force a software
shutdown without being asked questions i can't answer!
finally i found a work around to use the command line tool
shutdown.exe with some more severe arguments. This saves my raid
array re-synching from hard-resets.
shutdown.exe -r /t 10 /d p:1:1 /c "Maintenance, Planned"
shutdown.exe -s /t 10 /d p:1:1 /c "Maintenance, Planned"
Tuesday, 09 August 2005 09:31:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00) Windows Server