What is the easiest way to turn on or off twenty PC’s with one command?

Joseph Videtto January 22, 2012
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In my school, there is a computer lab with 20 old Dell optiplex 270’s. They take forever to boot up. Is there a (preferably free) piece of software that will allow turning all of them on from one machine with one command ? And then later turning all of them off ?

  1. FIDELIS
    January 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Hello, for a really easy solution, you could try a solution provided by solarwinds.  The application is called Wake-on-LAN.  Keep in mind that for you to run these applications, it is better if you run them with an administrator account and also have an admin account for all computers in network. 

    http://www.solarwinds.com/products/freetools/wake_on_lan.aspx

    For this to work, the network cards in computers in your  network have to be compatible with Wake-on-LAN.  It has to be enabled in BIOS and also in the network card itself.  Here is an article explaining how to enable it and more options:

    http://lifehacker.com/348197/access-your-computer-anytime-and-save-energy-with-wake+on+lan

    You can also try freeware Magic Packed Sender.  Here is the link and setup instructions:

    http://magicpacket.free.fr/thankyou15.htm

    For a solution a little bit more complex, visit the next link and download the psshutdown tool.  It allows to set a restart time in seconds and also a shutdown. 

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897541

    For some examples using psshutdown tool, try the following link:

    http://www.windows-commandline.com/2011/04/shutdown-remote-computer-command-line.html

  2. Anonymous
    January 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Use the Remote Shutdown Tool to Shutdown, Restart, or Logoff a Local or Networked Computer
    http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-vista/use-the-remote-shutdown-tool-to-shutdown-restart-or-logoff-a-local-or-networked-computer/
    http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/remote-shutdown-command/

    rshut pro shareware
    http://www.rshut.com/

    Multi-Remote Shutdown Manager: shareware
    http://www.eytcheson.com/mrsm.htm

    Network Shutdown Tool: shareware
    http://abbyte.com/