Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Enables an administrator to remotely shut down or reboot a terminal server. You can also choose to power off the server if the computer supports software control of AC power.


Tsshutdn [WaitTime] [/server:ServerName] [/reboot] [/powerdown] [/delay:LogOffDelay] [/v]

  • WaitTime
    After notifying users, specifies an amount of time (in seconds) to wait before logging off all users from their sessions. The default is 60 seconds.
  • /server: ServerName
    Specifies the terminal server to shut down. If unspecified, the current terminal server is shut down.
  • /reboot
    Reboots the terminal server after user sessions are ended.
  • /powerdown
    Turns off the terminal server if the computer supports software control of AC power.
  • /delay: LogOffDelay
    After logging off users from their sessions, specifies the amount of time to wait before ending all processes and shutting down the terminal server. The default is 30 seconds.
  • /v
    Displays information about the actions being performed.
  • /?
    Displays help at the command prompt.
  • You must have administrative credentials to run tsshutdn.

  • Using Shut Down on the Start menu is not recommended for shutting down a terminal server. This method does not notify users before ending their sessions.

  • All connected sessions are notified that they are going to be shut down. Sessions that have applications with open files prompt the user to save the files. After initiating the logoff command, tsshutdn waits a specified interval (the default is 30 seconds, which is set by /delay), before ending all processes.

  • Tsshutdn does not reboot the terminal server unless the /reboot option is specified.


To shut down the computer named TerminalServer1, type:

tsshutdn /server:TerminalServer1

To reboot the computer named TerminalServer1, type:

tsshutdn /server:TerminalServer1 /reboot

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See Also


Command-line reference A-Z
Command shell overview
Terminal Services commands
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