Shutdown option for Normal User

Uno Engborg uno at
Thu Mar 2 03:22:43 UTC 2006

Mike A. Harris wrote:
> Scenario:  You are at a computer and decide for whatever reason that you
> want or need to shut it down.  Some system admin who manages the machine
> however has decided for whatever reason that they do not want people to
> be able to shut the machines down, and has put a password on it.
> What are your options?  You could go find a sysadmin to resolve the
> problem and some people will likely do that.  How many people will
> reach behind the machine and yank the power cord instead?
> Which is less harmful to the system in question, yanking the power
> cord, or hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL or equivalent?
> Now, if the machine is not physically touchable, the situation changes
> somewhat.
In large companies, or even in the school computer lab it is quite 
common to use thin clients
where the users run their tasks on a physically protected server. So 
there really is a need to prevent users from taking such systems down.

Uno Engborg

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