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    Anyone here using Impero and making good use of the power management functionality? I am just wondering what lengths people go to with this.

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    As @Gaz said, we've had it for years now but still don't use all the features. It's great value for money with a brilliant support team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Anyone here using Impero and making good use of the power management functionality? I am just wondering what lengths people go to with this.
    Student stations [Those stations used predominantly, but not exclusively, by students]

    Prevent duplicate logons
    Force logoff after one hour of no keyboard/mouse activity
    Shutdown after two hours of no keyboard/mouse activity

    All stations:

    Shutdown at 6:30 pm [Two stations excepted at the request of The Head]
    Last edited by DaveP; 18th May 2014 at 10:05 PM. Reason: Add missing comma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Student stations [Those stations used predominantly, but not exclusively by students]

    Prevent duplicate logons
    Force logoff after one hour of no keyboard/mouse activity
    Shutdown after two hours of no keyboard/mouse activity

    All stations:

    Shutdown at 6:30 pm [Two stations excepted at the request of The Head]

    What kinda cost savings did you have before/after? (Electricity)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellsandell View Post
    What kinda cost savings did you have before/after? (Electricity)
    Couldn't say as I haven't looked into it but I suspect that the savings will be significant as the IT rooms are/were always VERY warm.

    Impero has a power savings reporting function. I might look into it tomorrow if it isn't too busy in the office.

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    We also use the duplicate logon stopper, similarly we've yet to get numbers from our site super but older machines are turned on and off automatically. We don't bother with anything new as they're SSD based, they are turned on when needed. All are shut down at particular times though. Some people hate it when they're working, 4pm hits and the machine tries to shut down, especially if they're off collecting a printout to come back and see their machine off before they can hit cancel! (ditto they also dislike the fact it keeps trying to log them off after pressing cancel)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Couldn't say as I haven't looked into it but I suspect that the savings will be significant as the IT rooms are/were always VERY warm.

    Impero has a power savings reporting function. I might look into it tomorrow if it isn't too busy in the office.
    If you could?

    Just were planning on approaching our SMT about it and having some hard numbers from other schools is very helpful.

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    I intend to have a demo of Impero when I get time but maybe one of you can answer this;

    We use a lot of laptops throughout the school and have tried to run NetSupport on them. We found that it killed the wireless bandwidth and slowed things down too much. How does Impero compare when using laptops over wireless?

    Admittedly we have upgraded our Wireless network since we last tested netsupport on laptops but it's not likely to improve this situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellsandell View Post
    If you could?

    Just were planning on approaching our SMT about it and having some hard numbers from other schools is very helpful.
    This is just a quick run through of the power saving report for the entire network using Impero's default settings except for:

    Report coverage: 1 month backwards from today
    Potential savings: Idle time slider changed to one hour:


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    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d View Post
    I intend to have a demo of Impero when I get time but maybe one of you can answer this;

    We use a lot of laptops throughout the school and have tried to run NetSupport on them. We found that it killed the wireless bandwidth and slowed things down too much. How does Impero compare when using laptops over wireless?

    Admittedly we have upgraded our Wireless network since we last tested netsupport on laptops but it's not likely to improve this situation.
    To be honest shouldn't have any issue with wireless the most bandwidth intensive element we do is remote control and shouldn't have any major issue on the wireless networks.

    Russell

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    Quote Originally Posted by russdev View Post
    To be honest shouldn't have any issue with wireless the most bandwidth intensive element we do is remote control and shouldn't have any major issue on the wireless networks.

    Russell
    That's what NetSupport said when we purchased that some years ago . It was a different story when we tried to run 32 laptops in one classroom with NetSupport on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d View Post
    That's what NetSupport said when we purchased that some years ago . It was a different story when we tried to run 32 laptops in one classroom with NetSupport on.
    I can't comment on what netsupport claim about their software. However if worried about Impero Is suggest you can get a fully functional trial and try it..

    Russell

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    This is just a quick run through of the power saving report for the entire network using Impero's default settings except for:

    Report coverage: 1 month backwards from today
    Potential savings: Idle time slider changed to one hour:

    That's a nice interesting picture.....

    Can I ask, taking your previous comment before and the picture above - do you disable standby on your machines? If you do is it for any particular reason? (I'm just being nosey)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cache View Post
    That's a nice interesting picture.....

    Can I ask, taking your previous comment before and the picture above - do you disable standby on your machines? If you do is it for any particular reason? (I'm just being nosey)
    Not nosey at all!

    We haven't disabled standby. However I do think that it might be of benefit as I am hoping to avoid ungraceful power downs/restarts as far as possible. It seems that our students [despite being instructed to the contrary many times] will reach for the power supply socket switch upon seeing a dark screen rather than try the mouse/keyboard first.

    Also their impatience means that if the station is in the process of waking up they will often reset the station. Why? I really don't know! I just wish they would not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d View Post
    I intend to have a demo of Impero when I get time but maybe one of you can answer this;

    We use a lot of laptops throughout the school and have tried to run NetSupport on them. We found that it killed the wireless bandwidth and slowed things down too much. How does Impero compare when using laptops over wireless?

    Admittedly we have upgraded our Wireless network since we last tested netsupport on laptops but it's not likely to improve this situation.
    We use Impero on all our windows devices, and not noticed any issues over Wifi for the laptops and most of them are on 54mb single channel AP's!
    Even seems fine when the staff take their laptop home and connect in via the VPN. Couple of times in the holidays I've almost shut down someone's laptop by accident as I was not expecting them to be connected at that that point.

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