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  1. Introduction
  2. Requirements
  3. Installation
  4. Shutdown or Restart Remote Systems
  5. Shutdown Options
  6. Get MAC Addresses
  7. Configure NIC for WOL
  8. Waking a Computer
  9. Peer to Peer Networks
  10. Command Line Options
  11. Register rmtSHUTDOWN

Introduction

rmtSHUTDOWN is a powerful tool that provides the ability to shutdown, and optionally reboot, local and remote Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 systems over the network. 

Send Wake-on-LAN packets to WOL enabled adapters across the network.  Bring systems to life to perform system management routines, gather inventory information and other related tasks.

Flexible command line options allow batch processing and easy scheduling.

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Requirements

rmtSHUTDOWN must be executed from a Windows NT/2000/XP system.  Once executed, your existing authentication key is used to shutdown/restart each system.  In order to shutdown a remote system, you must have the privilege "Force Shutdown from a Remote System (SeRemoteShutdownPrivilege0.

Wake on LAN Requirements:

  • You must have an ATX 2.01 (or above)-compliant power supply, and an ATX motherboard with a WOL connector.
  • You must have a WOL-compliant network card with a WOL connector. An example is the 3Com Fast Etherlink XL PCI 3C905B-TX, but not the 3Com Fast Etherlink XL PCI 3C905B-TX-NM (non-managed).
  • Compare the WOL pin descriptions for your network card and for your motherboard. They must be identical; otherwise, your motherboard or power supply may be damaged.
  • Your BIOS must support WOL, and the WOL option in your BIOS setup must be enabled. If you don't see a WOL option, check the manufacturer of your motherboard for an updated BIOS.
  • Your network card drivers must also support WOL; check with your network card manufacturer for the latest drivers.
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Installation

Cumbersome installation procedures are not required.  Simply copy the executable to a directory on a local hard drive and launch the application (rmtSHTUTDOWN.exe).
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Shutdown or Restart Remote Systems

rmtSHUTDOWN is very powerful.  USE WITH CAUTION!

   

To shutdown/restart NT/2000/XP systems:

  • Enter the targeted computer name
  • Click 'Shutdown'
  • Configure shutdown options, click 'Continue'
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Shutdown Options

Kill Applications Without Saving Data:  All applications on the remote server will be forced to close, data in memory will not be saved.

Reboot After Shutdown:  The remote system will reboot.  If this option is not selected, the system will be shutdown and in a state to be safely powered off.

Message Text:  A message that will be displayed on the remote system prior to shutdown.

Delay (seconds):  The number of seconds to wait before beginning the shutdown process on the remote system.

Retrieve MAC address prior to shutdown:  Stores the MAC address of the remote system which is required to send a Wake-on-LAN packet at a later time.

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Get MAC Address

Probes targeted system and retrieves its' MAC address.  Each MAC address is stored in the registry.  The MAC address must be retrieved prior to sending WOL packets.  Each time a system is probed for the MAC address, its' information in the registry is overwritten.  In addition, when rmtSHTUDOWN is used to shutdown or reboot a system, the MAC address is retrieved by default.

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Configure NIC for WOL

In order for WOL to work, your network card must go into "standby mode" when you power down your computer. If any of your network card's lights are still lit after you shut down, then it's configured properly, and you can skip the rest of this section. Othewise, if none of the lights remain lit after powering down, you'll need to do the following.

  • Double-click the Network icon in Control Panel, or right-click on your Network Neighborhood icon and select Properties.
  • Select your WOL-compliant network adapter from the list, click Properties, and choose the Advanced tab.
  • Highlight NDIS Driver Version, and change it's value to NDIS 4 (the default setting is Auto Select). If either the Advanced tab or the NDIS Driver Version setting are missing, then you'll need to obtain more up-to-date drivers from the manufacturer of your network card.
  • Also in the Advanced tab, change the settings for Wake on Link and Wake on Magic Packet accordingly, if they're there.
  • When you're done, click Ok, and then Ok again. Confirm that you want to restart Windows when asked.
  • After restarting, shut down and check the light again. If it still doesn't work, contact from the manufacturer of your network card for support

Since configurations vary from system to system, we've included some valuable links describing Magic Packets and Wake-on-LAN technology.

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Waking a Computer

You must execute the Get MAC address command against a system or use rmtSHUTDOWN to shutdown/reboot the system prior to use Wake on LAN features.

To wake a system, type the targeted computer name and click the Wake on LAN button.  A magic packet will be broadcast across the network, destine for the MAC address of the targeted system.  

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Peer to Peer Networks

rmtSHUTDOWN will work in a peer-to-peer network (a network that does not have a domain or other authentication source).  To allow rmtSHUTDOWN permission to shutdown or reboot computers on this type of network, you must grant Everyone the User Right to "Force shutdown from a Remote System".  To do this:

  • Open the "Local Security Policy" from Administrative Tools
  • Select Local Policy, User Rights Assignment
  • Double click "Force shutdown from remote system"
  • Click the Add User or Group button
  • Type "Everyone" (no quotes)
  • Click the Check Names button (Everyone should now be underlined)
  • Click the OK button
  • Click the Ok button again

Everyone now has the ability to shutdown the system remotely.  Be aware, if your system is connected to the Internet and is not protected by a firewall, it can be shutdown remotely by anyone who knows the IP address.

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Command Line Options

rmtSHUTDOWN includes command line options for batch processing and scheduling.  These features are available in the trial version, but are hindered by the evaluation screen.  Register rmtSHUTDOWN today to remove the evaluation screen.

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Licensing and Registration

rmtSHUTDOWN is licensed per user.  Each person executing rmtSHUTDOWN must utilize a valid license (see License Agreement for details).  Secure online ordering is available, from the order rmtSHUTDOWN page.  Upon ordering the product, Absolute Dynamics will e-mail you a registration code.  From the evaluation dialog box, click the enter the registration code button.  Enter the registration code you received from Absolute Dynamics to activate your license.

Absolute Dynamics provides the following benefits to our paying customers:

  • E-mail support for rmtSHUTDOWN and other system related questions
  • Elimination of the evaluation screen
  • Elimination of the 20 executions expiration
  • Input into the future design of products developed by Absolute Dynamics 
  • Discounts on rmtSHUTDOWN upgrades and other Absolute Dynamics products.
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