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  • Setting Clients' Standby/Shutdown Time

    Setup: 1 DC with AD + DNS roles

    I'm trying to control the time that clients go into standby via the server.

    Also I'm trying to control standby time once users are logged on AND standby time at logon scree (before users log on).

    Is this possible, if yes can somone please direct me to instructions on how I can do it?

  • #2
    Re: Setting Clients' Standby/Shutdown Time

    It's possible to modify the Power Option Properties setting by modifying the Regsitry.
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg\PowerPolicies]
    For Exemple :
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg\PowerPolicies\1]
    "Description"="This scheme is designed for extended battery life for portable computers on the road."
    "Policies"=hex:01,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,01,00,00,00 ,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,01,\
    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,b0,04,00,00,2c,01,00,00,32,32 ,03,03,04,00,00,00,04,00,\
    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,84,03,00,00,2c,01,00 ,00,08,07,00,00,2c,01,00,\

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg\PowerPolicies\2]
    "Description"="This scheme keeps the monitor on for doing presentations."
    "Policies"=hex:01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00 ,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,01,\
    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,84,03,00,00,32,32 ,03,02,02,00,00,00,02,00,\
    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00 ,00,00,00,00,00,2c,01,00,\

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg\PowerPolicies\3]
    "Name"="Always On"
    "Description"="This scheme keeps the computer running so that it can be accessed from the network. Use this scheme if you do not have network wakeup hardware."
    "Policies"=hex:01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00 ,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,32,32 ,00,00,02,00,00,00,02,00,\
    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,84,03,00 ,00,00,00,00,00,08,07,00,\
    Those keys content all the predefine windows power management profile. You can set of it and then saving the hex result of it.
    You can choose which profile you want to use by setting the key :
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg]
    After having your defined profile you can deploy it to your network by GPO :

    It's part of the solution... Hope this info will help.

    Last edited by Siolor; 30th October 2009, 01:20.
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    • #3
      Re: Setting Clients' Standby/Shutdown Time

      I've come back to this issue after seeing the latest electricity bill. t is purely

      I don't feel comfortable making registry changes and distributing them to all clients. I just can imagine the horror and sleepless nights should something wrong occur.

      Isn't there a way to set clients' standby/hibernate times via GPOs?
      Also, regarding clients' screen-saver time at log on screen (where users enter id and pass), is there a way to set this for clients via GPO? I've done this via regedit by going to each client, but it's getting tiresome and there should be a centralized way via the server of doing this.


      • #4
        Re: Setting Clients' Standby/Shutdown Time

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        • #5
          Re: Setting Clients' Standby/Shutdown Time

          DC: Server 2008
          Client: Windows Vista

          I was able to set sleep time via GPO setting by changing "Power Management" options under computer configuration. However, I've run into 2 snags:
          1) The sleep settings are only applying when clients are at logon/welcome screen, but they don't apply if users are loged on.
          2) The clients running Vista go to sleep and wake up immediately (this one is really annoying).

          I've read somewhere that there is a log that tracks power management errors, which might help me in tracking down problem (2), but I don't know where this log is.

          Any ideas that might point me in the right directions in solving the 2 problems and finding the log are greatly appreciated.
          Last edited by HotDay2222; 6th March 2010, 08:26. Reason: clarifying


          • #6
            Re: Setting Clients' Standby/Shutdown Time

            You may also want to look into Verdiem's Edison utility:

            It's not integrated with Active Directory, but it does have some interesting options.
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