I ran into an interesting problem recently where I was (admittedly) too lazy to walk upstairs and reboot my desktop that I use as a home server.
I connected via remote desktop only to discover that I was not able to reboot the machine from the start menu via a RDC.
Curiosity, persistence (and laziness) prevailed and I spent some time researching to figure out how to get around this pesky issue.
Being a lover of most things related to the command prompt, I fired one up in admin mode (since like a good user, my account is not an administrator by default) and tried to reboot using
shutdown /r /t 0 only to be thwarted with a
Access is Denied(5). message.
Researching this told me what was already plainly obvious, it was a permissions issue and I did not have permissions to do what I wanted.
Digging a little further, I came across the solution.
- Open the policy editor (secpol.msc)
- Expand Local Policies
- Select User Rights Assignment
- Find the Force shutdown from a remote system policy and add your account.
- Once this is done, go to a command prompt and run gpupdate
Now, when you run shutdown /r /t 0, your remote computer will promptly heed your wishes and restart.