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School ICT Policies Thread, H&S Thing... in School Administration; So there is a health and safety consultant in our school for the next couple of weeks. Apparently, we have ...
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    H&S Thing...

    So there is a health and safety consultant in our school for the next couple of weeks.

    Apparently, we have 10 days to sort out computers being left on over night.

    Usually there is a command sent out and most computers shut down at 6pm. If someone is still logged onto a machine it will not shut down, and if someone switches on a machine after 6pm (community classes) it will also not shut down.

    The only viable solution I can see is that every night I run round for an hour or so manually turning off all the equipment (we have asked others to do it, but it has not worked!).

    What do you do?

    Apparently we are wasting thousands of pounds because of this

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    Send 1 command for 6 that knocks them off unless logged in.
    One at 8 that sets them all off and then one at 11pm (as should be no one in school) that sends them all off as well.

    That way 6 catches most 8 catches ones logged in and 11 catches any that have been left one.

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    You can set permitted logon hours for users in AD.

    this stops people from logging on at certain times, and then in Group Policies somewhere force logoff if a user is still logged on outside permitted hours. (I'd have to get back to work to find out exactly where - it's a Computers setting)

    This would allow your machines to shut down I think

    EDIT FOR REFERENCE
    Group Policies:
    Computer Settings > Windows settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
    Enable " Network: Force logoff when logon hours expire"
    Last edited by elsiegee40; 6th February 2008 at 11:52 AM.

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    good idea!

    Only problem with forced log offs is that there are some admin staff that sometimes stay late doing time tabling... and if we shut down their machines we could be in for it!

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    As Russdev has stated - use two scripts - one at the end of the school day - [ see PS Shutdown on the Admin's Admin Bar if you want to do this using that ] - and then another one late which will run on the server.
    I use:

    psshutdown -c -k @shutdownlist.txt -f -m "Shutting Down" -t 60

    in a scheduled CMD [ say around 11pm ] with the shutdownlist.txt in the same folder as psshutdown.

    If someone is still logged on when the late one is run, they have the option to cancel it.

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    thanks... now *whisper* will that work on an RM network? *whisper*

    heheh.... I'll speak to my 'bosses'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    thanks... now *whisper* will that work on an RM network? *whisper*

    heheh.... I'll speak to my 'bosses'
    Does anything work on an RM network ?

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    Whats health and safety got to do with leaving computers on?

    Ben

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    Leaving computers on is a fire risk. Apparently.

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    i dunno... i kinda question it myself... i just got told today. If only the teachers and pupils could switch off the machines and projectors!!

    I bet I will run around the school for a few weeks and then it'll be back to same old. I can't see how the computers (that would be on standby) would be eating up so much electricity though.... hmmmm...

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    So is the moped that was parked outside the site managers workshop today leaking petrol everywhere.

    Ben

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    I'd completely forgotten, computers are more liable to spontaneously combust at NIGHT. The daylight shields their EM radiation causing them to become like a giant microwave in the dark! ;-)

    Mine go into low power mode, but they patch at 3am so are left on most of the time.

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    i hate those damn things... crappidy scooters! they are always in my way!

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    DMcoy is right... thing is people are around during the day to see the fire.... meh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    DMcoy is right... thing is people are around during the day to see the fire.... meh
    Yes, they all stand around pointing while the building burns down. At least its empty at night so perhaps its *less* dangerous as no one is there to get hurt. I'm pretty sure we have detectors and stuff these days...



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