Funny thing, an easy to do task on Server 2008, but fairly difficult on the Server 2012. Often asked on forums and google, Windows Server 2012 how to log off? Many IT admins spend quite a few minutes before they find their way and it’s not obviously their fault if Microsoft has “Designed” the system for to be used with touch screens at first. I really think that there should be two versions of this OS. And for Windows 8 it should be the same. Well, it’s like it is, let’s see to find the ways out.
How to log off Windows Server 2012 – From the Start “Screen” Metro UI.
One of the first ones is, to do so, go to the Start “screen” > click on your user account picture/name in the upper-right hand corner of the screen, and select “Sign out”. You can also select “lock” from here.
Use Server Manager to log off
You can start the server manager > select the local server > then choose from Tasks > Shut down local server. This brings the Shut down Windows dialog, where you can choose from Sign Out, disconnect, sleep, shutdown or restart.
Another option How to Log off from Windows Server 2012 – via shortcut !
from the Windows Desktop screen, press Windows+L to lock down your session, or press Windows+R, and type shutdown –l to logoff,
Lastly, another option how to log off from Windows Server 2012
The familiar, and very much used the “three finger option”, well known since ages. It’s the Ctrl-Alt-Del. This works from both the Metro screen and the Desktop screen. You can use it for both:
- To lock out the server
- To log off from the Windows Server 2012 system.
Unfortunately you can’t use this option when you’re remotely working via RDP session, because it obviously invokes the keystroke on your station and not on the remote system. You can use then any of those above with my prefered the third one (with shutdown -l).
See All options!
To list all options from command line, open “dos window”, with
Windows + R then type
"cmd" and then type
Interesting option is (if you don’t know already)
shutdown -i, which enables you to restart remote system… -:)