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Windows SteadyState, Applying Updates, and wanting shutdown afterwards... RRS feed

  • Question

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    Setting:

    Brand new High School computer lab

     

    Machines:

    Brand new Dell 755s with Windows XP SP2

     

    The Situation:

    Installed SteadyState w/Disk Protection setup to download and install critical updates daily @ 4p.  I also included a batch file to download and install updates for McAfee VirusScan.

     

    The Problem:

    I can't have the machines doing updates in the middle of the day because of classes.  I can't force the teacher to be there any earlier to have the machines on early enough to do updates prior to start of class.  I can't force the teacher to stay later to shut the machines down after updates are completed.  I don't want the machines running 24x7 because of power consumption.  And on Friday's they don't get updates because the machines are shutdown at 3p for the weekend.  I need some way to shutdown the machines down automatically after updates are complete.  The machines are attached to a domain and I have access to Group Policy Manager.  What are my options?  Thanks!

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 8:19 PM

Answers

  • You can schedule a task to run a batch file that contains shutdown.exe -s -t 10 and schedule it to run at say 4:30 pm or 5 pm each day. Shutdown.exe should be part of Windows XP or you can get if from the Administrative tools pack from Microsoft. You can findout more here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317371.

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 7:35 PM

All replies

  • You can schedule a task to run a batch file that contains shutdown.exe -s -t 10 and schedule it to run at say 4:30 pm or 5 pm each day. Shutdown.exe should be part of Windows XP or you can get if from the Administrative tools pack from Microsoft. You can findout more here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317371.

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 7:35 PM
  • Perfect!

     

    Saturday, September 6, 2008 12:32 AM