shutdown gotcha with Win32 host

Glenn Mabbutt gmabbutt "at" quartetservice.com
Thu, 07 Mar 2002 15:56:46 +0000


Very cool - sounds almost legendary like the Story of Mel (
http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/html/The-Story-of-Mel.html ) ;)

-----Original Message-----
From: John Roland Elliott [mailto:John_Roland_Elliott "at" hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 7:57 AM
To: vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com
Subject: Re: shutdown gotcha with Win32 host


(Forgive me while I engage in a little nostalgia.)

At some point in my so-called career, I worked with a guy who faced a
similar problem with some piece of recalcitrant hardware, i.e., he needed to
cycle power remotely. The object of his frustration was in his lab and
conveniently located close to a print server.

He wired an ordinary light switch --- the kind that is typically in the
wall --- into a power cord for the device. He then mounted the switch on an
old junk matrix printer in a position where the print head would strike the
switch handle as it went back and forth, switching off as the head went
left-to-right and on as the head went right-to-left.

When he needed to cycle power, he submitted a one-line print job to the
"prepared printer". As it printed the first and only line in the job, the
head would turn the device off; as the head homed to the left margin, back
on it would go.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gabor D. Kiss" <gkiss "at" telcordia.com>
To: <vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 9:17 AM
Subject: Re: shutdown gotcha with Win32 host


> Is there any such thing as a "power strip with an IP address" for
> situations like this? If you can't do it any other way, power cycle the
bad
> boy remotely. This would be a very handy gadget.
>
> Gabor
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> One workaround is psshutdown.exe. It's available at sysinternals.com in
> the misc utils section. You can force a reboot of a remote windows
> system with it. If the machine is already in shutdown mode, you can use
> pslist and pskill to find and nuke whatever it is that is holding up the
> reboot process.
>
> I use this fairly often to reboot machines when pcanywhere chokes and
> won't let anyone connect.
>
> I don't remember any good reason why vnc can't shut down last but there
> was some discussion of it here a while ago.
>
> -Sean
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>
> Alex Angelopoulos wrote:
> >
> > Unfortunately, I believe that is Windows refusing the connection when
you
> > shutdown - and you are right, it is incredibly annoying.
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