I prefer to use PsShutdown instead of the shudown command for remote shutdown/reboot tasks because the syntax is easier and it’s more advanced. You can easily shutdown multiple computers with the PsShutdown tool. PsShutdown is a free command-line tool from Sysinternals that works on local and remote systems. You don’t need to install software on any remote systems against which you want to run the tool.

Download link:

PsShutdown examples:

Remote lock: psshutdown \\pcname -l
Remote log-off: psshutdown \\pcname -o
Remote reboot: psshutdown \\pcname -r
Remote shutdown: psshutdown \\pcname -k

A more advanced example:
Schedule a shutdown of multiple workstations at a specific time with a message.

Message at the client side:

As you can see it’s very easy to use!

  1. Shane
    May 17, 2013 at 1:30 am

    for windows server 2008 instances you may want to throw in the -v 0 command so it doesn’t show the count down dialog box, otherwise interactive services detection will log an event instance due to the change in 2008 that disallows services from interacting with the desktop sessions.

    Also an undocumented switch parameter that is not listed in usage response is -accepteula. (At least from what I saw and found useful)

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