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Shutting down idle computers

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  • The responsibility has been given to me to shut down computers that have been turned and left on when they are idle. Please can someone show me how to create the GPO to complete this. I would like to shutdown the computer when there is little to no CPU usage. Please can someone show me some screen shots or point me to a video? Thanks
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:41 AM

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  • This is a great tutorial by Alan Burchill:
    http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/01/how-to-use-group-policy-preferences-to-manage-windows-power-plans/

    The principle with power plans, is that the computer itself will determine its own "idle" condition and automatically activate suspend or whatever.

    WindowsXP didn't do power management very well at all, it's much better in modern OS's.

    The hardware you have (and the capabilities of the hardware) may also play a role in the success of this approach.


    Don
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    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 11:31 AM
  • Hi,

    If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 client in the domain, you can use Scheduled Task in GPP to execute "shutdown -s" when the computer has been idle for a certain time.

    1. On a Windows Vista or Windows 7 client, install Group Policy Management Console so that you can use it to configure and deploy group policy. Please refer to:

    Deploying Group Policy Using Windows Vista

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208(WS.10).aspx

    2. Create a shutdown task in [Computer Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Scheduled Tasks]. Refer to:

    Configure a Scheduled Task Item

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725745.aspx

    When creating shutdown task, on the Task tab, browse to :\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe after "Run:". Add "–s" parameter for it. On the Schedule tab, select "When Idle" in the drop down menu under "Scheduled Task". Then, set a time under "Schedule Task When Idle".

    3. Install the Group policy preference extension for the client computers.

    http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?kbid=943729

    Please try above steps and let me know your result.

    Best Regards,

    Elaine


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    Monday, February 9, 2015 3:13 AM
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  • This is a great tutorial by Alan Burchill:
    http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/01/how-to-use-group-policy-preferences-to-manage-windows-power-plans/

    The principle with power plans, is that the computer itself will determine its own "idle" condition and automatically activate suspend or whatever.

    WindowsXP didn't do power management very well at all, it's much better in modern OS's.

    The hardware you have (and the capabilities of the hardware) may also play a role in the success of this approach.


    Don
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    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 11:31 AM
  • Hi,

    If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 client in the domain, you can use Scheduled Task in GPP to execute "shutdown -s" when the computer has been idle for a certain time.

    1. On a Windows Vista or Windows 7 client, install Group Policy Management Console so that you can use it to configure and deploy group policy. Please refer to:

    Deploying Group Policy Using Windows Vista

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208(WS.10).aspx

    2. Create a shutdown task in [Computer Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Scheduled Tasks]. Refer to:

    Configure a Scheduled Task Item

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725745.aspx

    When creating shutdown task, on the Task tab, browse to :\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe after "Run:". Add "–s" parameter for it. On the Schedule tab, select "When Idle" in the drop down menu under "Scheduled Task". Then, set a time under "Schedule Task When Idle".

    3. Install the Group policy preference extension for the client computers.

    http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?kbid=943729

    Please try above steps and let me know your result.

    Best Regards,

    Elaine


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    Monday, February 9, 2015 3:13 AM
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  • check out this link if it helps:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-sg/windows/change-create-delete-power-plan-scheme#1TC=windows-7



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    • Edited by cguan Monday, February 9, 2015 8:32 AM edit
    Monday, February 9, 2015 8:32 AM