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When you use the shutdown command to try to shut down or to restart a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer remotely, the computer does not shut down.
For example, when you type shutdown /s /m \\ computer_name /t 003 from a remote computer, you may receive one of the following error messages:
computer_name: The computer is processing another action and thus cannot be shut down. Wait until the computer has finished its action, and then try again.(21)
Device is not ready
This problem may occur if you use Remote Desktop Connection with the /console switch to open the console session (session 0) of the Windows Server 2003-based computer, and then you use Log Off to end the connection. For example, the problem may occur if you follow these steps in the order listed:
Hotfix informationA supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
PrerequisitesNo prerequisites are required.
Restart requirementYou must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
File informationThe English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name ------------------------------------------------------------ 07-Jan-2004 00:58 5.2.3790.116 540,160 Winlogon.exe
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
For additional information about how to use Remote Desktop Connection with Windows Server 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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Article ID: 834100 - Last Review: July 24, 2007 - Revision: 4.10