Apply Updates and Shut Down

Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, offers a new Shut Down option in Windows Server 2003. I think it’s available in newer versions of Windows XP as well, but don’t quote me on that part.

Anyway, this option is a nice one – apply the updates that are pending and shut down the computer. It makes perfect sense. But what if you are a remote administrator and would instead prefer to Apply Updates and Restart? Then you’re out of luck.

While they do have some occasional good ideas, you have to wonder if they actually test them in real-world situations. Why would I ever want to shut down a remote computer?