For a Mac mini or such acting as a server in a server room or colo, accidentally choosing the Apple > Shut Down… menu item is a major problem. Without physical access, you cannot start the Mac up again.

Is there a way to make it more difficult to inadvertently shut down a Mac?

One workaround is to set System Preferences > Energy Saver > Schedule (button) > Start up or wake (checkbox) to boot the computer, say 2:00 AM if you often do admin work at midnight. But I'm looking ways to avoid the shut down problem in the first place.

  • don't you get a 1 minute count down ? where you can stop it
    – Ruskes
    Mar 25, 2015 at 3:28
  • @Buscar웃 Yes, there's a countdown. But (1) that means the shutdown will occur if I look away, and (2) the default keystroke on the countdown dialog is the affirmative button, to immediately shutdown. Both of those behaviors are bad for a server. So, again, my question is about ways to avoid the problem in the first place (on server computers). Mar 25, 2015 at 22:55

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You could remove Shut Down… from the menu entirely. This Ask Different question looks like it has instructions on how to do that. Good luck!

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