|April 4, 2004
How do you reboot or shutdown
a host computer remotely when using Remote Desktop? Good question.
As you can see in the "Start"
menu, there isn't an option to reboot or shutdown the computer. The
only options are to "Log Off" or "Disconnect".
Here's how to shutdown or
reboot a computer administered by Remote Desktop.
Start --> Run
The "Run" dialog box appears.
Type in "taskmgr" without
the quotation marks. Notice the spelling. Click "OK".
The Windows Task Manager
In the "Shut Down" menu you
can see all the options for the computer. You can Log Off and Disconnect
plus you have the option of Restarting or Turning Off the computer.
If you choose the Restart
option, the computer will reboot without any additional confirmation prompt.
I found this out accidentally as I was writing this article!
If you choose the Turn Off
the computer option, you'll get this dialog box before the computer turns
The message pretty much says
that you better be sure that you want to turn off that computer since there
is no way to restart it remotely. Be careful with this option.
That is probably why Microsoft stuck the option in the Task Manager instead
of the Start menu.
There you go. Now you
know how to remotely reboot and shut down a computer using Remote Desktop.
Also there is an additional
guide here that may be of interested to you:
Desktop - Changing the Port Number (for security and multiple hosts)