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    Shutdown automatically when idle.

    To try and reduce our electricity bill, the powers that be want the PC's to shut them selfs off if say its not used for 20 minutes.

    I've played with the Shutdown screensavers available which all work fine if somebody is logged in, but they do not work from the main windows logon screen, they normally count down to 0, then either, go to -1 -2 seconds and never shutdown, or come up with shutdown failed.

    Any ideas on how to achive this goal?

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    There is a script that you can run to install a schedual that will set the computer to shutdown. I think its on the microsoft site somewhere. Ive got one that will install a schedual to lock a computer after 15 mins of been idle and i can install it remotely, so there has to be one out there.

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Verify you have the settings correct for the login desktops screensaver. They live in the registry under the default user profile.

    Alternatively you could use a scheduled task. There is a "run when idle" option (in the advanced properties, not the wizard). This, combined with the shutdown.exe program will do with you want.

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers
    To try and reduce our electricity bill, the powers that be want the PC's to shut them selfs off if say its not used for 20 minutes.

    I've played with the Shutdown screensavers available which all work fine if somebody is logged in, but they do not work from the main windows logon screen, they normally count down to 0, then either, go to -1 -2 seconds and never shutdown, or come up with shutdown failed.

    Any ideas on how to achive this goal?
    The code is my MS-DOS Batch file code that will install the schdule to a remote PC:

    Code::::

    schtasks /delete /tn "Lock Computer" /f

    schtasks /create /ru USER /rp PASSWORD /tn "lock computer" /tr "c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation" /sc onidle /i NUMBER OF MINUTES /s Computer Name
    pause


    Also, ive included a link that will either shutdown, restart or lock a computer.

    http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1147/...wn_change_icon

    Hope this helps.

    Tim

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    I like the idea of saving power.

    Teachers here would have a fit if we set a shutdown after 20 minutes tho.. some like to display to the class for the lesson and so could leave the PC idle intentionally for up to 50 minutes

    Others will leave work half done all day, and expect to come back to it and resume work

    I suppose these things need negotiating, but seems a worthwhile job.

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Yeah, be careful setting this on machines that run projectors.

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Thanks timbo343 , thats working just as i want.

    It is going to be difficult getting the idle time just right. But if you do say 1 30 PC suite not in use for 1 period, plus the left over X amount of pc's where there are not 30 in a class, the power savings will be quite large.

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    You might want to monitor the power used by the machine going into standby and how much is used by it starting up. You might find that its more efficient for it to stay on standby for a while rather than keep going on and off.

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Replacing CRTs with TFTs is a good place to start with powersaving too.

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    @ Quackers

    Im just working on the script, its slightly wrong.

    Tim

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    schtasks /delete /tn "Shut Down Computer" /f

    schtasks /create /ru ADMINUSERNAME /rp PASSWORD /tn "Shut Down Computer" /tr

    "c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00" /sc onidle /i TIME IN MINUTES (00) /s COMPUTER NAME
    pause

    That will work, has just been tested on one of the other IT guys, he has just gone metal. hahahha

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?...t.pr_pm_ez_gpo

    EZ GPO software

    Network administrators at organizations using the latest Microsoft servers (Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 servers) and operating systems (Windows 2000 or XP) often use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to manage their organization’s desktops. However, as currently designed, GPOs cannot alter a computer’s power management settings. (EZ GPO is not compatible with Windows Vista operating system.)

    ENERGY STAR’s free EZ GPO tool allows a network administrator to centrally control power management settings using GPOs. In addition to setting monitor power management, EZ GPO can also activate “system standby,” which places the computer (CPU, hard drive, etc.) to sleep.*

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?...t.pr_pm_ez_gpo

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Wow - that's amazing fooby

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    Sarcasm? Or really?

    Either way I use it here and have found its pretty smart. The only thing you will need to watch for is having seperate settings for laptops or pc's (if you want that) and to check the users and computers settings seperatly.

    fooby

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    Re: Shutdown automatically when idle.

    There is also some software available called powersave which will do this for you. It also allows you to schedule end of day shut downs, start of day wake ups and produces energy saving reports so you can justify it all the the head at the end of the day.

    Regards
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