[windows2000] Re: Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO

  • From: "Sorin Srbu" <sorin.srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 11:32:04 +0100

With that many workstations, even hibernation might not be good enough. The 
savings are probably significant with a real shutdown.

On a side note, our department policy is to shutdown monitors and 
computer/workstations whenever the user is gone for 24h or more. Most users 
here 
honour that.
        Exceptions are the servers, the linux calculation machines and my 
admin-workstation. I need to have them on in case something goes pear-shaped 
during weekends and I need to RDP in, while the Ph. D's. in the molecular 
modeling-group usually run long calc-sessions over the weekends.
        Turning off monitors manually with the on/off-button every day is 
encouraged, 
although not set as a dept-rule, except for a 15m-timeout via EZ-GPO.
-- 
/Sorin


>-----Original Message-----
>From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>On Behalf Of Patrick
>Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 10:36 AM
>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [windows2000] Re: Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO
>
>about 780 workstations. The thing is, the IT support staff are concerned that 
>staff do
>not shutdown everyday when they leave, and especially a period like this when 
>we are
>going into the Christmas holiday, it would be a good idea to have all pc's 
>turned off, as
>the office is going to be  shut for about 2 weeks.
>
>
>________________________________
>
>From: Sorin Srbu <sorin.srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 8:28:16 AM
>Subject: [windows2000] Re: Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO
>
>Out of curiosity, do they have any numbers to support that a full shutdown is
>so much better than leaving a machine in a hibernation state. Logically, a
>full shutdown should be better as a machine is fully off, and shouldn't be
>drawing any electricity, but how much better I wonder?
>
>How many computers are we talking BTW?
>
>--
>/Sorin
>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>>On Behalf Of Patrick
>>Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 5:32 PM
>>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>Subject: [windows2000] Re: Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO
>>
>>Yep,
>>
>>That is the way I have done it in the past. good old hyena. I thought
>hibernate would be
>>good enough, but they are insisting on shutdown.
>>
>>
>>Thanks
>>
>>Patrick
>>
>>
>>________________________________
>>
>>From: Sorin Srbu <sorin.srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:26:31 AM
>>Subject: [windows2000] Re: Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO
>>
>>Isn't hibernate good enough? What's the actual saving on shutting down
>>completely vs hibernate?
>>
>>Anyway, roll out a startup script and add an at-job to be run at 1900hrs. I
>>believe MS has some shutdown tools. Or just use Sysinternals psexec and
>>psshutdown.
>>
>>The way I do (similar stuff) it, is to occasionally use Hyena to get an
>updated
>>list of all computers on the domain and dump that list to text file, eg
>>computers.txt. Then I have a scheduled task on my computer to run
>>
>>"C:\Program Files\pstools\psexec" @c:\computers.txt -s
>>"%programfiles%\pstools\psshutdown -f -k"
>>
>>Or something like that.
>>--
>>/Sorin
>>
>>
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>>>On Behalf Of Patrick
>>>Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:39 AM
>>>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>Subject: [windows2000] Re: Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO
>>>
>>>Well sort of. The school is looking for a solution were by pc's are turned
>off
>>>auto
>>>everyday @ 7pm. We also want the ability to send the monitor into power save
>>>mode.
>>>
>>>This tool looks great, but it seems it will only solve the latter problem, I
>am
>>>still stuck
>>>with finding a solution that actually shuts down the pc at a certain time. I
>>>know this is
>>>possible with a script, but that means constantly updating the list of
>>>computers when
>>>ever a new one is joined onto the domain
>>>
>>>
>>>Thanks
>>>
>>>Patrick
>>>
>>>
>>>________________________________
>>>
>>>From: Sorin Srbu <sorin.srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:00:32 AM
>>>Subject: [windows2000] Re: Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO
>>>
>>>I believe your problems can be solved with the "Terra Novum EZ GPO Tool" for
>>>setting standby timeouts for computer and monitor etc for WinXP machines
>(Vista
>>>already supports this AFAIK).
>>>
>>>Check http://www.terranovum.com/projects/energystar/ez_gpo.html. It's free.
>>>
>>>I've run this for well over a year, probably two, and it works fine. An
>>>ADM-template is included IIRC, and the software itself comes as a
>msi-package
>>>to
>>>deploy ever AD with a GPO.
>>>
>>>More info on http://www.terranovum.com/projects/energystar/index.html.
>>>
>>>Are you on a green-spree at work? ;-)
>>>--
>>>/Sorin
>>>
>>>
>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>>>>On Behalf Of Patrick
>>>>Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:49 AM
>>>>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>Subject: [windows2000] Auto-shutdown pc's with GPO
>>>>
>>>>Hi Guys,
>>>>
>>>>We are trying to setup a process were all pc's are turned off at a certain
>>>>time
>>>>of the
>>>>day. Just wondering if this is archievable with GPO, I have looked thru,
>but
>>>>can not
>>>>seem to find anything, all I see are suggestions of using scripts to do
>this.
>>>>Also we
>>>>would like to turn off monitors if they have remained idle for about
>30mins,
>>>>would this
>>>>be a powersave mode setting?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>

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