General Chat Thread, Shutdown Software in General; Hi Guys,
I have been asked to look into remote shut down software to shut down the computer suites at ...
20th June 2014, 08:33 AM #1
I have been asked to look into remote shut down software to shut down the computer suites at night and start them up again in the morning.
Is there anything good and FREE (budget is stretched as it is!) that you guys use and could recommend?
20th June 2014, 08:40 AM #2
- Rep Power
I have just purchased EMCO shutdown software. Unfortunately not free but very cheap, in terms of the return you will get from electricity saving, It is a one off cost with unlimited support and maintenance and so no annual cost. We paid around £212 inc VAT
Remote Shutdown - Automatic Shutdown and WOL Software
20th June 2014, 08:40 AM #3
You could write your own shutdown as a batch file, run it as a scheduled task on a server. Somewhat the same for booting them up, although you will need to resort to powershell (or other high level language) to send the magic packet. The most difficult thing is maintaining the list of PC names and MAC addresses. You could do that by getting the logon script to deposit that info somewhere.
20th June 2014, 08:41 AM #4
We used to use QLShutdown (QwertyLabs) before we made use of the Power Management options from within the Impero suite (which we purchased to do other things - the power management was just a nice feature that was included)
QLShutdown isn't free, about $200 I think for the single PC version with unlimited clients. It worked great for the 2 years or so I had it in place.
Here's a link: Qwertylab - Software for network administration and PC remote control
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20th June 2014, 08:50 AM #5
We use AB Tutor for shutdown but never set it up for startup as better just turning them on when needed in our case.
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KoolTech (20th June 2014)
20th June 2014, 08:58 AM #6
We just use ancient batch files - scripts based on Gammadyne Wol to wake up and PSShutdown to switch off. Seems to work. AB Tutor is brilliant, though so far I haven't had much luck using it for WOL for some reason. We use Angry IP to harvest the Mac addresses.
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20th June 2014, 09:00 AM #7
@TechSupp we have AB Tutor here, might be worth a shout looking at that, cheers. Hadn't thought of that!
20th June 2014, 09:02 AM #8
EMCO here set it up and let it do its thing
20th June 2014, 09:47 AM #9
From memory you need to add machines to a group in ab tutor so it 'remembers' the machines mac address otherwise it just scans for currently switched on clients.
Originally Posted by KoolTech
20th June 2014, 10:02 AM #10
shutdown -s -t 1 -m \\pcname
20th June 2014, 10:28 AM #11
- Rep Power
At one of my schools I just created a GPO to add a scheduled task to each computer to shutdown at 7PM. This seems to work fine and if I add any new computers to the domain it will pull the policy down so no list of computers to maintain. I don't have them set to turn back on in the morning the first person to use the PC does that.
20th June 2014, 11:52 AM #12
We use AB tutor also. I think it's a great tool for the price. Does your shutdowns as a small feature of what else it can do.
20th June 2014, 12:12 PM #13
There is the shutdownertron from our own powdarrmonkey, Shutdownertron
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KoolTech (20th June 2014)
20th June 2014, 12:17 PM #14
Staff shut down the suites after teaching and learning.
When the laughter stopped the realisation kicked in that computers are left on all day every day.
Impero now does it.
20th June 2014, 12:53 PM #15
I use this in both my schools
Originally Posted by nikaso
It just works
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