Can't shutdown local PC. "Active Directory Domain Services unavailable"


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By Mugsy ยท 4 replies
Jun 13, 2015
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  1. I'm trying to remotely shutdown another PC in my home from my Desktop PC.

    My Desktop PC is 64bit Win7 Home, but I don't think it matters, since a Google search shows every version of Windows AFTER XP has this problem.

    I have the Win10 Preview running on a computer in another room. I'd like to be able to shut it down remotely from my primary (Win7) computer. To do this, I run "shutdown /I" from the command prompt. The dialog appears but when I try to "Browse" the network for the other PC, I get an error message telling me:

    "Active Directory Domain Services unavailable"

    This happens whether I do this from the Win7 PC or the Win10 PC, so I know it's not a hardware or OS specific thing. It also happens if I try to do the same directly from the CLI.

    I don't want to have to setup a Server just to do this one tiny thing. Any ideas? TIA.
  2. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    When you say remotely do you mean Remote Desktop? If so, have you tried pressing Ctrl_Alt_End and then clicking on shutdown?
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    "Active Directory Domain Services unavailable"
    This SHOULD only be seen if your PC is joined to a Domain Controller
  4. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 438   +31

    If you share files over a local network, while you can see other computers on your network, apparently you can't send commands to them. :(

    I found a work-around by installing "Team Viewer 9", allowing me to see the other computers' desktop, from which I can run a shortcut to Shutdown.exe on the remote desktop.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    Yes, I too am familiar with Team Viewer except
    is very specific and means what it sasy

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