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Shutdown Event Tracker Technical Reference

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Shutdown Event Tracker Technical Reference

Shutdown Event Tracker is a feature of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems that provides a way for IT professionals to consistently track why users restart or shut down their computers. Shutdown Event Tracker captures the reasons users give for restarts and shutdowns to help create a comprehensive picture of an organization’s system environment. It does not document why users choose other options, such as Log off and Hibernate.

In a more active sense, Shutdown Event Tracker also provides IT professionals with a specific tool, Remote Shutdown (Shutdown.exe), for restarting or shutting down both local and remote computers, while at the same time supplying reasons for doing so. In addition, users can employ Remote Shutdown to hibernate a local computer and abort delayed shutdowns.

Shutdown Event Tracker is enabled by default and is a routine part of the computer shutdown process.

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