1:54 - Friday, 25 April 2014

Allow Non-admin Users To Reboot Win 2008 R2 Server

#Topics: allow non-admin users to reboot win 2008 r2 server,allow non admin to reboot server 2008 r2

Is there a way to give a Non-Admin user dedicated permissions to reboot a server?

Would it work to create a “Rebooter” Group and can I assign a group policy to allow reboots?

I believe you need to grant the user or group the Shut down the system and/or Force shutdown from a remote system privilege depending on how the users will be rebooting the system.

It should work. I thought ‘Shutdown the system’ user right in local(domain) security policy will be enougth. Also you can check other rights of ‘Backup operators’ group or even add your user to ‘Server operators’ group (not recommended)

But do you need to reboot server remotely or your user(s) have an access to server phisycally? In last case most simple solution IMHO it’s to set up ‘Shutdown server’ action on ‘When I press Power button’ event in server’s Power options.

One more way: create a scheduled task (as admin) with script which will check every minute ‘semaphore’ file presence and runs ‘shutdown /r’ command if file exist. Teach users who authorised to restart server to create such files in right place.