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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Using the Shutdown Event Tracker

Server availability is of vital importance—a server that’s off or restarting is not available to clients. Administrators can use the Shutdown Event Tracker tool to keep track of when and why a server restarts. Information about why a server shuts down is recorded in Event Viewer. If a user chooses the Start menu’s Shut Down command, a dialog box prompts for an explanation for the shutdown. If the server shuts down unexpectedly (for example, because of a hardware failure), Windows prompts the next user with shutdown privileges who logs on to describe why the server shut down. Besides this user-provided information, any time a user shuts down the system and specifies in the Shutdown Event Tracker that the shutdown ...

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