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    Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    Hi

    I have a group of PC's that I would like to have switched on at 8am off at 9:40 on at 11:40 off at 12:40 and on at 15:15 and off at 17:00..

    Is there a program that can do this as Ranger React only turns them off.. ?

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    Re: Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    You could use Ranger to turn the machines off, and create a WOL batch file and run it as a Schduled Task on the server to turn them all back on at those times.

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    Re: Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    I dont know if Ranger will turn them off at different times (been a while since i used it) but as Craig_W says you can use a script to turn them on at scheduled times via wol (assuming you have wol, if not i have no idea how you would turn them on) and if Ranger can't turn them off at different times, you can create a script to turn them off at scheduled times.

    Over here i use a vbscript that opens a csv file with a list of mac addresses and computer names, then uses this to run a wol proggy to send the magic packes to each mac address in the list. I use another script to open the same csv and use the computer name to send a shutdown command to each computer in the list. If need be i can post up the scripts and wol proggy.

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    Re: Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    Quote Originally Posted by apeo
    I dont know if Ranger will turn them off at different times (been a while since i used it) but as Craig_W says you can use a script to turn them on at scheduled times via wol (assuming you have wol, if not i have no idea how you would turn them on) and if Ranger can't turn them off at different times, you can create a script to turn them off at scheduled times.

    Over here i use a vbscript that opens a csv file with a list of mac addresses and computer names, then uses this to run a wol proggy to send the magic packes to each mac address in the list. I use another script to open the same csv and use the computer name to send a shutdown command to each computer in the list. If need be i can post up the scripts and wol proggy.
    Hi..

    Thanks for the help... I think theymight have WOL.. so yes dould you post the script and the WOL program..

    Ta

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    Re: Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    Quote Originally Posted by Grommit
    Quote Originally Posted by apeo
    I dont know if Ranger will turn them off at different times (been a while since i used it) but as Craig_W says you can use a script to turn them on at scheduled times via wol (assuming you have wol, if not i have no idea how you would turn them on) and if Ranger can't turn them off at different times, you can create a script to turn them off at scheduled times.

    Over here i use a vbscript that opens a csv file with a list of mac addresses and computer names, then uses this to run a wol proggy to send the magic packes to each mac address in the list. I use another script to open the same csv and use the computer name to send a shutdown command to each computer in the list. If need be i can post up the scripts and wol proggy.
    Hi..

    Thanks for the help... I think theymight have WOL.. so yes dould you post the script and the WOL program..

    Ta
    Found a nice little proggy called Lanhelper.... does it all for you .. all you do is set the schedule :-)...

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    Re: Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    Ah right.. doesnt look like a bad proggy and cheap to.

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    Re: Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    If you want free instead of cheap then I can offer you my script:

    http://techinfo.cnwl.ac.uk/Windows%2...0Computers.htm

    Basically, you give it the name of an OU and it queries AD to get a list of computers in the OU and the DHCP server to get the MAC addresses. It then uses Depicus WakeOnLan to actually wake them up.

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    Re: Turning a Group of PC's off and On

    I use psshutdown to do this - along with DHCP & reserved IPs, you can use the computer to shut them down and turn them on at scheduled times.

    Works fine for me generally.

    Let me know if u need assistance with it.

    Nath.

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    Looking for a Free proggy .. like Lanhelper ....

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    BeyondExec - Spawn Processes or Shutdown Remote Windows NT/2000/XP WorkStations

    The above should do the trick with the help of scheduled tasks on your server.

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    Over here i use a vbscript that opens a csv file with a list of mac addresses and computer names, then uses this to run a wol proggy to send the magic packes to each mac address in the list. I use another script to open the same csv and use the computer name to send a shutdown command to each computer in the list. If need be i can post up the scripts and wol proggy.
    Please can i have a copy of this script, would be handy for our school.

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    Ha ha. Just had a look at LanHelper. Seems good for the shutdown/WOL job. But be warned, when adding PC's to a schedule, do not click the OK button. You must click cancel or it will submit that schedule AND send shutdown requests that second. Took a whole room out

    Ben

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    Just remember with WOL don't let anyone turn the switches \ main breaker off!

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