How to schedule automatic shutdown with Group Policy

In companies it is quite common to see users forgetting to turn off their computers before leaving... To save our planet and some dolphins we can automaticaly shutdown computers at a specific time with group policy (GPO).

Create Group Policy Object

Run Active Directory Users and Computers Run Active Directory Users and Computers Run Group Policy Management Console Create a GPO Give name to a GPO Edit a GPO GPO New Scheduled Task

Set Group Policy Object

New Registry Properties New Task Properties New Trigger New Task Properties New Trigger

It allows to avoid shutting down a computer if a user is still working.

Result

Windows Task Scheduler

Note : I also recommend to use WMI Filters to apply only to Desktops profiles.

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