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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    If you want computers to shutdown at the end of the day don't go getting some software for something that windows can already do.

    All you need to do it make some .cmd files containing
    "shutdown -f -s -m \\COMP-UNC -t 120"

    Thats similar to the shutdown scripts I use. A sever has these files and is scheduled to run them at 6pm. Office computers aren't yet included- We were hoping staff would shutdown their computers but it seems that they dont.

    Aswell as saving power, You need to prove to a fire officer that all the computers turn off over night anyway- Also a security thing. Someone seeing loads of light coming from a window is more likely to have a go

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Quote Originally Posted by richard.thomas
    Aswell as saving power, You need to prove to a fire officer that all the computers turn off over night anyway.
    Thats not true - as computers are regularly left on for administration tasks... Also, servers are on 24hours a day. A fire officer shouldn't be interested in computers other than ensuring that there is suitable fire fighting aparatus nearby etc...

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    a fire officer visited our school yesterday (or day before.. cant remember) and asked if all the computers shutdown over night. luckily we already had the scripts in place. I don't know the law on it, but I can see his point. May aswell minimise the risk as much as possible

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    It isn't covered by the law. It would simply be a case of minimising risk. However, as I said, things are regularly done overnight and 99% of schools will have their servers on 24/7/365...

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