shutdown gotcha with Win32 host

Alex Angelopoulos alex "at" bittnet.com
Fri, 08 Mar 2002 13:12:50 +0000


One other thing that *some* people may have access to is the energy management
systems in some buildings.  They are *all* typically set up for remote access,
and among the environmental systems they control are all of the switchgears on
main electrical panels and even certain critical circuits. Not a common
scenario, but when I did some work with an EMS company a few years back, they
did remote power cycles for people on certain circuits occasionally.  The
problem is you also have to make sure you're on an electronically controlled
circuit.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Roland Elliott" <John_Roland_Elliott "at" hotmail.com>
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Sent: Thursday/2002 March 07 07.56
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
: >
: >
: >
: >                     Seanster
: >                     <Seanster "at" Sea        To:
: vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com
: >                     nster.com>           cc:     (bcc: Gabor D.
: Kiss/Telcordia)
: >                                          Subject:     Re: shutdown gotcha
: with Win32 host
: >                     03/05/2002
: >                     07:07 PM
: >                     Please
: >                     respond to
: >                     vnc-list
: >
: >
: >
: >
: >
: >
: >
: > 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
: >
: >
: > 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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