2.2.38 Ensure 'Force shutdown from a remote system' is set to 'Administrators'


This policy setting allows users to shut down Windows Vista-based and newer computers from remote locations on the network. Anyone who has been assigned this user right can cause a denial of service (DoS) condition, which would make the computer unavailable to service user requests. Therefore, it is recommended that only highly trusted administrators be assigned this user right.

The recommended state for this setting is: Administrators.


Any user who can shut down a computer could cause a DoS condition to occur. Therefore, this user right should be tightly restricted.


If you remove the Force shutdown from a remote system user right from the Server Operators group you could limit the abilities of users who are assigned to specific administrative roles in your environment. You should confirm that delegated activities will not be adversely affected.


To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Administrators:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment\Force shutdown from a remote system

Default Value:

On Member Servers: Administrators.

On Domain Controllers: Administrators, Server Operators.

Additional Information:

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Security Technical Implementation Guide:
Version 2, Release 1, Benchmark Date: November 13, 2020

Vul ID: V-205758
Rule ID: SV-205758r569188_rule
STIG ID: WN19-UR-000110
Severity: CAT II

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