By default Windows Server family does not allow shut down unless you are logged In. It is suitable for servers to control shut down access. I also use Windows Server 2003 on my PC. And often i am required to keep my PC on while other users are connected to it for some reason. So i log off from windows and keep my PC on. I require a way so that any one may shut down my PC with Windows Server 2003, without being logged on. To enable shut down option without being logged on
- Type ‘control admintools’ commad in run box and click OK
You will get Administrative Tools in a window before you.
- Click ‘Local Security Policy’
- ‘Local Security Settings’ will be displayed in Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
- Click ‘security options’ folder in left panel
- You will get a list of security options in right panel of MMC
- Click ‘Shutdown: Allow system to be shutdown without having to log on’
- Set the option enable and click OK
Now you may shut down your PC with Windows Server OS, without a need to log on. However i would suggest that do not enable this option without explicit requirement.