A. I have a number of machines setup in my Lab and at the end of an entertaining evening of computing I don't want to have to goto each machine and shut them down so I wrote a small batch file that uses the shutdown.exe resource kit utility. Just enter the following into a file with a .bat extension:
rem Batch file to shutdown local machine and the PDC, BDC
shutdown \\pdc /t:2 /y /c this shuts down a machine called PDC in 2 seconds, repeat with other machine names
shutdown \\bdc /t:2 /y /c this shuts down a machine called BDC in 2 seconds
shutdown /l /y /c /t:5 this line shuts down the local machine in 5 seconds
You can then just right click the file in explorer and drag onto the desktop, release and select "Create shortcut". Clicking this icon will then shutdown all the machines in the file. On a NT Server these shutdowns are not graceful and the users will not be asked to save work if they are not logged on or the machine is locked. If they are logged on then they have the option of saving files (unless a force switch is used).
If you have installed a SP4 or SP5 on Win NT, remote shutdown command will shutdown machine immediately without stopping services (dirty shutdown event ID 6008)