CoLo Server Migration Startup/Shutdown Instructions

Standard Windows Shutdown/Startup

The preferred method is to have Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) installed and properly configured so that all that needs to happen is to have an operator or engineer press the power button on the server and have the server shut down correctly and quickly.

To configure ACPI, you may need to enable this in the control panel under Power Options (under the Advanced Tab.) Also, you will need to add the proper Local Security Policy to allow power down without being logged in.

If ACPI is not supported on the hardware of the server, then the next (and least) preferred method is to give instructions on how to properly login to the server and issue a standard shutdown. The following steps would be:

1.      Log into the server.
2.      Shutdown any specific tasks or applications
3.      Click on START -> Shut Down…
4.      Select Shut down from the dropdown box
5.      Then click OK

UNIX Start Up and Shutdown

Standard UNIX Shutdown Instructions (SMD)

The standard shutdown is identified in shutdown procedures by the acronym SMD. This is short for Shut Me Down and is to be used to uniformly bring down UNIX-Like servers such as Linux, Aix, or Solaris. Due to growing numbers and complexity among our servers, this uniformity has become imperative. The uniformity will allow for faster shutdown of servers in the event of an emergency, keeping system shutdown documentation current, and allow the Operations Staff to be better utilized by Server Support for various tasks.

Please note:  all commands are in UPPERCASE and are case sensitive.

Shutting a System Down

To shut a system down, issue the command:


This will shut the system down and leave it in a powered off state. To bring the system back up after a SHUTMEDOWN you will have to physically press the power button on the system.

Starting a System

In the event a system is restarted with a REBOOTME or a SHUTMEDOWN, you will need to log back into the system after it comes back up and issue the command:


This initializes services that need to be started once the system is back up. This will need to be done every time a system is either rebooted or shutdown and brought back up.

Restarting a system

To reboot a system, issue the command:


This command will shutdown the system, and bring it back up and ready for use.

Note: If you are prompted for any input after running these commands, such as a password, please consult the startup documentation for that system.

How to Configure a Windows 2000 or 2003 Server to Allow Shutdown without Logon

1. Logon with Administrator privileges.
2. Open the Control Panel and then Administrative Tools.
3. Launch the “Local Security Policy” console.
4. Expand “Security Settings”, Local Policies”, Security Options.
5. For Windows 2000: Double-click the “Allow system to be shut down without having to log on” policy in the right-hand pane.  For Windows 2003: Double-click the “Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on” policy in the right-hand pane.
6. Check “Enabled” and apply the settings.
7. Log off.
8. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and verify that the “Shutdown…” button is no longer grayed out.
9. See the “Standard Windows Shutdown” document for information on how to enable ACPI to allow the server to be shut down by using the power button.

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