Domain users are by default allowed to shutdown, restart, or put the domain-joined client computers to sleep. However, you can use a group policy to prevent them from shutting down or restarting the client computers.

Following are step by step instructions written for this purpose.

Prevent Users from Shutting Down their Computer

Step 1. Open Group Policy Management (Open Server Manager -> click Tools -> click Group Policy Management).

Step 2. Right-click the OU of users you want to prevent them from shutting down the client computers.

Step 3. Click Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here ..

Step 4. Provide a name to this GPO.

Set a name for the GPO

Step 5. Right-click the GPO created in the above step.

Step 6. Click Edit.

Step 7. Go to the following path in the Group Policy Management Editor

Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> User Rights Assignment

Step 8. Locate this policy "Shut down the system" and right-click it

Shutdown policy

Step 9. Check the box "Define these policy settings:".

Step 10. Click Add User or Group... and click browse.

Step 11. Search domain admins and click OK to allow only domain admins to shut down the client PCs.

Step 12. Again click OK.

Step 13. Click Apply and then click OK.

Security Policy Settings

Step 14. Open command prompt and execute gpupdate.

Run gpupdate

How to Prevent Users from Shutting Down the Domain Joined Client Computers

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

One thought on “How to Prevent Users from Shutting Down the Domain Joined Client Computers

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    November 11, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Thanks a lot for this tip!
    It’s way more effective rather than diabling Shutdown, Hibernate and Sleep from Start Menu settings.


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