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how do I message multiple users

  1. #1

    how do I message multiple users


    hello
    I have a system with about 50 users on it
    I need to be able to message them all a warning when im going to reboot and other things
    but the new task manager don't seem to allow me to select more then one at a time

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  2. #2


    Lynnwood, WA
    Posts : 173
    Windows 8, Windows 7


    shutdown /r /t 60 "your message here" /y /c

    where /r = reboot, /t 60 = time of 60 seconds, /y = force a yes response to all queries, and /c to shutdown all programs under any cirumcstance

    Run it in a command line.
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  3. #3


    you misunderstand
    im not looking for a way to get it to reboot
    im looking for a way to warn people
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  4. #4


    Lynnwood, WA
    Posts : 173
    Windows 8, Windows 7


    Then you're asking for something reserved for Windows Server. If you're going to warn them about rebooting, then the above command will work just fine, just adjust the time.
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  5. #5


    actually this is windows server 2012 I have
    I was told it's the same as win8

    so that command will give a popup warning them ?
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  6. #6


    Lynnwood, WA
    Posts : 173
    Windows 8, Windows 7


    Yes. When you initiate a shutdown in Server 12, it will pop up for each user saying they will be signed off in X time. They click "close" and start saving and shutting down their work and they should be set. I'd give them a few minutes at least just in case they're not attentive at the moment.
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  7. #7


    I just tried it
    and a bunch of stuff came up in the command window but nothing poped up in my test account
    and the server didn't reboot
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  8. #8


    Lynnwood, WA
    Posts : 173
    Windows 8, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by amartin99 View Post
    I just tried it
    and a bunch of stuff came up in the command window but nothing poped up in my test account
    and the server didn't reboot
    Sorry I swapped a couple things...

    It should read:
    Code:
    shutdown /r /t [time] /c "message"
    It looks like /y was taken out so I removed that.

    If you need to abort:

    Code:
    shutdown /a
    Here's the full list of what you can do with the various flags for the "shutdown" CLI:

    Code:
    Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
        [/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]
    
        No args    Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
        /?         Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
        /i         Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
                   This must be the first option.
        /l         Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
        /s         Shutdown the computer.
        /r         Shutdown and restart the computer.
        /g         Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
                   rebooted, restart any registered applications.
        /a         Abort a system shutdown.
                   This can only be used during the time-out period.
        /p         Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
                   Can be used with /d and /f options.
        /h         Hibernate the local computer.
                   Can be used with the /f option.
        /e         Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
        /m \\computer Specify the target computer.
        /t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
                   The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
                   If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
                   implied.
        /c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
                   Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
        /f         Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
                   The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
                   specified for the /t parameter.
        /d [p|u:]xx:yy  Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
                   p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
                   u indicates that the reason is user defined.
                   If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is
                   unplanned.
                   xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
                   yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).
    
    
    Reasons on this computer:
    (E = Expected U = Unexpected P = planned, C = customer defined)
    Type    Major   Minor   Title
    
     U      0       0       Other (Unplanned)
    E       0       0       Other (Unplanned)
    E P     0       0       Other (Planned)
     U      0       5       Other Failure: System Unresponsive
    E       1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Unplanned)
    E P     1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Planned)
    E       1       2       Hardware: Installation (Unplanned)
    E P     1       2       Hardware: Installation (Planned)
    E       2       2       Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
    E P     2       2       Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
      P     2       3       Operating System: Upgrade (Planned)
    E       2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Unplanned)
    E P     2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Planned)
      P     2       16      Operating System: Service pack (Planned)
            2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Unplanned)
      P     2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Planned)
            2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Unplanned)
      P     2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Planned)
    E       4       1       Application: Maintenance (Unplanned)
    E P     4       1       Application: Maintenance (Planned)
    E P     4       2       Application: Installation (Planned)
    E       4       5       Application: Unresponsive
    E       4       6       Application: Unstable
     U      5       15      System Failure: Stop error
     U      5       19      Security issue
    E       5       19      Security issue
    E P     5       19      Security issue
    E       5       20      Loss of network connectivity (Unplanned)
     U      6       11      Power Failure: Cord Unplugged
     U      6       12      Power Failure: Environment
      P     7       0       Legacy API shutdown
    Thanks.
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  9. #9


    just tested
    shutdown /r /t [20] /c "Reboot"
    nothing hapened

    is there not some way to just message everyone in the server
    like selecting them all in task man ?
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  10. #10


    say ive been using the command promp
    is that where you meant to do it ?
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