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Windows 7 Power Policy Questions

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  • Hi,

    I’m working on a roll out our first Windows 7 systems and I’m working on Group Policies.  I’ve started with Power Management and find I have a couple questions.  Domain is Windows 2008 R2.

    I’m in under Computer Configuration | Policies | Administrative Templates | System | Power Management.

    Most of the descriptions end with the following:

    “If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can see and change this setting.”

    How do I prevent them from being able to change these settings? 

    Is it possible to prevent the computer from being put into hibernation or sleep mode?  We don’t want the computers automatically going to sleep during the work day and we want our users to shut down the computers at the end of the day, not put them into sleep mode or hibernate.

    Under Video and Display Settings | Reduce Display Brightness indicates that Windows will only reduce the brightness of the primary display.  Is it possible to affect all displays on a computer?  All of our computers have multiple monitors.

    I’m sure I’ll come up with more questions as I work through GP but this will do for now.

    Thanks in advance,

    Linn

    Friday, April 20, 2012 4:22 PM

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  • Hi Linn.
     
    > “If you disable this policy or do not configure it, users can see and
    > change this setting.”
     
    As soon as you select an active power plan through Group Policy, Users
    will no longer be able to change almost anything.
     
    > Is it possible to prevent the computer from being put into hibernation
    > or sleep mode?We don’t want the computers automatically going to sleep
    > during the work day and we want our users to shut down the computers
    > at the end of the day, not put them into sleep mode or hibernate.
     
    If you want to prevent sleep mode - select the appropriate power plan or
    disable S1-S3.
    If you want them to shut down - tell them to do so. There's no
    sophisticated way to do this other ways.
     
    > Under Video and Display Settings | Reduce Display Brightness indicates
    > that Windows will only reduce the brightness of the primary display.Is
    > it possible to affect all displays on a computer?All of our computers
    > have multiple monitors.
    >
     
    Reducing brightness is kinda useless - what do you want to achieve
    through that? Better would be "blank screen", so the monitor goes to sleep.
     
    regards, Martin
     

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
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    Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:12 AM
  • Hi,


    we want our users to shut down the computers at the end of the day, not put them into sleep mode or hibernate.


    I'd like to suggest to use a script or GPP to remove Hibernate and Sleep from the start menu. and create a schedule to force shutdown the computer via GPP.


    >> Group Policy to remove Hibernate and Sleep from the start menu
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverGP/thread/7b6a9da4-ad4b-45b9-a525-584c9ad70e81


    Shutdown
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732503(v=ws.10).aspx


    Configure a Scheduled Task Item
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725745.aspx


    We don’t want the computers automatically going to sleep during the work day


    >> please try this policy setting:


    Turn on Applications to Prevent Sleep Transitions (On Battery)
    http://gps.cloudapp.net/Default.aspx?PolicyID=2156


    In addition, please refer the following blog to manage the power with Group Policy:


    Managing Power with Group Policy: Part 1 of 3
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/03/17/managing-power-with-group-policy-part-1-of-3.aspx


    Managing Power with Group Policy: Part 2 of 3
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/03/19/managing-power-with-group-policy-part-2-or-3.aspx


    Managing Power with Group Policy: Part 3 of 3
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/03/21/managing-power-with-group-policy-part-3-of-3.aspx


    Hope this helps!


    Best Regards
    Elytis Cheng


    Elytis Cheng

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, April 23, 2012 7:23 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Elytis,

    Thanks for all the indepth informaiton.  Looks like they need to update that blog series, many of the options available in Windows 7 aren't covered.

    I tried setting up the registry options in the GP Management Editor, however, one of them isn't accurate.  The first example for removing hibernate from the start menu works fine.  But the second example, I'm guessing is supposed to remove the sleep function from the start menu, isn't correct.

    The example shows that I should use the Registry Wizard Values and references the following path:

    Registry Wizard Values | HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | Software | Policies | Microsoft | Power | Power Settings

    But in my registry I only get as far as Microsoft and there is no Power options below that.  I'll also post this on that thread and see if anyone is watching it any longer.  But in the mean time, any other suggestions?

    @Martin, main thing I wanted to achieve with the dimming the brightness is to see it work.  The option is there so I thought it should do something.  I also thought it was interesting, I notice laptops do this and I hate it when my screen goes completely to sleep so I thought this was a good option.  I suspect that a dimmed monitor uses less power than a full-on monitor.

    I'm still searching for instructions on how to disable S1-S3 in GPO.

    Thanks,

    Linn

    Tuesday, May 01, 2012 3:38 PM