I don’t want my Hyper-V server powered on all night, so this is my part to save our planet
First of all I needed a service account, granted only the permissions needed.
Service account Name: svc-shutdown (enabled: password never expires)
Then, I created a Group Policy to grant this account shutdown permissions (locally and remote, probably only these remote permissions are needed) and to log on as a batch job.
After linking the GPO to the OU’s where needed, I created a Scheduled Task to run a batch file:
Let’s say run at 1AM:
And run this batch file:
The batch file does need some improvement, but that’s for later:
shutdown /m \\server1 /s /f
shutdown /m \\server3 /s /f
shutdown /m \\server242 /s /f
My desktop wallpaper refused to load properly, I got a black desktop instead of the wallpaper-image I applied through group policy.
Here is my GPO:
After some reboots and gpupdates the double quote got my attention.
I like the Copy As Path feature from Windows 7 to copy the location of a file (driveletter:\directory\filename.ext). But Copy As Path puts the whole path between double quotes. I removed the quotes, rebooted and got my wallpaper applied! Pretty silly, but maybe I could help someone with this post.
Wallpaper applied successful:
BTW I also created a regkey WallPaper in the CurrentUser-hive (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallPaper), got this info form the MS forums. But I’m not sure if the key needs to be created, will test this later.