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XADM: How to Write a Batch File to Shut Down Exchange Server Quickly

Article ID: 246287

Article Last Modified on 10/27/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q246287


This article explains how to create a batch file to shut down Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 or 5.5 more quickly.


Quitting Exchange Server services takes a relatively long time when you quit them as part of the server shutdown process. In some cases, it can take more than 10 minutes. Because the system attendant acts as a 'central nervous system' for Exchange Server, with other components dependent on it, quitting the system attendant before you shut down the server speeds up the process.

  1. Create a batch file that has the following lines:

    net stop MSExchangeSA /yes
    net stop MSExchangeSA /yes

    NOTE: Include the duplicate lines to ensure that all dependent services and the system attendant shut down.

  2. Run the batch file before you shut down the server.
  3. Shut down the server.

Additional query words: batch System Attendant

Keywords: KB246287