Assign Computer Shutdown Scripts

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

To assign computer shutdown scripts

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. In the console tree, click Scripts (Startup/Shutdown). The path is Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts (Startup/Shutdown).

  3. In the details pane, expand Shutdown.

  4. In the Shutdown Properties dialog box, click Add.

  5. In the Add a Script dialog box, do the following:

    • In Script Name, type the path to the script, or click Browse to search for the script file in the Netlogon shared folder on the domain controller.

    • In Script Parameters, type any parameters that you want, the same way as you would type them on the command line. For example, if your script includes parameters called //logo (display banner) and //I (interactive mode), type //logo //I.

  6. In the Shutdown Properties dialog box, specify the options that you want:

    • Shutdown Scripts for <Group Policy object>: Lists all the scripts that are currently assigned to the selected Group Policy object (GPO). If you assign multiple scripts, the scripts are processed in the order that you specify. To move a script up in the list, click it and then click Up. To move a script down in the list, click it and then click Down.

    • Add: Opens the Add a Script dialog box, where you can specify any additional scripts to use.

    • Edit: Opens the Edit Script dialog box, where you can modify script information, such as name and parameters.

    • Remove: Removes the selected script from the Shutdown Scripts list.

    • Show Files: Displays the script files that are stored in the selected GPO.

Additional considerations

  • To complete this procedure, you must have Edit setting permission to edit a GPO. By default, members of the Domain Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group have Edit setting permission to edit a GPO.

  • Shutdown scripts are run as Local System, and they have the full rights that are associated with being able to run as Local System.

  • Setting shutdown scripts to run synchronously may cause the shutdown process to run slowly.

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