Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Desktop Power Management - Green is Good

Just as a reminder… or it may be news to some.

Last year, the IS Department formulated a power management plan and our own Ryan Scholl wrote the scripts to automate the monitoring and shutdown of desktops computers left on after school is over. 

Here is how it works:
At 8:00 p.m. an automated task will run on your Dell desktop computers to see if the machine is being used. If no one is logged in, it will shut down the machine. If it detects that someone is logged in, it will pop up a window requesting your input to stop the impending shutdown. This warning window will wait for 15 minutes, and if there is no user input, an automated shutdown will start. 

Once the shutdown process has started, there is no way to stop it.

If you reply to the pop-up window and stop the shutdown process, the machine will remain on until you turn it off.

The Dell  desktops will automatically boot up next morning in time for you to start your day (North machines wake up at 7:00 a.m. and West machines at 6:30 a.m.).

Please remember to shut down your machines at the end of the day, or at the very least, save all your work before you step away or leave for the day. The shutdown scripts have no means to figure out if your session has open documents that have not been saved.

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