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PowerShell Shutdown Computers

PowerShell to ask confirmation before shutting down the remote PC or server.

Shutdown / Restart remote servers or computers in one go or select or decide which computers / servers to shutdown.

Just want to share this piece of PowerShell code snippet to shutdown or restart remote computers but don't try this at the production environment unless you really have a good reason to do so.

Or if you just want to have some fun give it a shot.

This piece of snippet will only work provided the user account in which you execute this code has the right to shutdown the computers or servers.

First, create a text file name it "computers.txt" or to any filename you like.

If you change the filename make sure it's the variable you include on the code.

On "computers.txt", enter the name of computers you want to shutdown.

The code below will prompt to either shutdown the computer or not.

This PowerShell code will be helpful if need to shutdown or restart specific computers.

Or if there is an scheduled maintenance but shutting down needs to be monitored in order not to shutdown servers or computers that does not need to be shutdown.

This will also help, if there is a plan to shutdown but need to bypass for some unforeseen reasons. By pressing "no" to bypass, or "yes" to shutdown.

But there's a one liner code from Technet that can shutdown all the computers in one go.

Here's the code snippet code below and Enjoy!!!


$computers = Get-content "D:\computers.txt"

ForEach ($Line In $computers)
 $name = read-host "Shutdown this computer? $line (Press y or n)"

   If ($name -eq "y")
       write-host "Okay let's do it"
       restart-computer -ComputerName $line
    #to shutdown
    #stop-computer -ComputerName $line


One line that takes all, code from Microsoft Technet site:

Restart-Computer -cn (Get-Content D:\computers.txt) –force

Stop-computer -cn (Get-Content D:\computers.txt) –force


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