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If you have a local windows network connection you can issue remote shell commands

For example we use this to reboot a remote machine
I don't see why you couldn't use perl to issue these commands directly or call a batch file

shutdown /r /m \\wibble-win2003
mstsc -v:wibble-win2003 /F –console

Checkout the windows command reference, it's a very good resource for windows shell scripting. I don't know if it comes with non-server versions but it's downloadable from microsoft.

Note:
Log on to target computer over local network as administrator or it won't reboot cos you don't have permission.


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