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Wake-On-Lan (WOL)

Created: 18 Jun 2010 • Updated: 19 Jun 2014 | 6 comments
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In the case of Patch Management, if would be usefull that when a computer has been tuned on by WOL, it then be returned to its initial state once the job has completed.

EG:
We run all our Patch Management tasks completely out of hours. At the time of running the Patch tasks, if the computer was ON, when completed it would simply stay on. if they were OFF and WOL was used to complete the Pach Task, the PC would then be sent a final job to shut down.

This could/would be ideal to be an option in the form of a 'tick-box' which could be provided when creating the Patch Management task as is already with the WOL option.

Regards Steve

 

***Update*** You'll notice in the soon to be released 7.1 version this has been slightly improved, but an additional tick box here would good to the effect "Return to sleep if WOL used"

Please see screet shot below.

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Pascal KOTTE's picture

It is exactly what we would like to have. But not only for "Patch", but also for any others.
The workaround we plan to use is to detect & shutdown all computers without a user logged in !

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joevax's picture

eiPower Saver Solution brings PCs out of standby or hibernate or schedule, so companies do not need to implement WOL. eiPower also automatically inserts wake commands 5 minutes before existing SWD and Patch jobs, so you get Wake on Demand functionality to ensure your PC is on before the job arrives. 

Finally the above technology does not use WOL, however if admins want to use WOL, eiPower enables WOL to selected groups of computers, or collections so you can wake many computers at once. Previously only single computers could be woken.

For more information, visit entisp.com or info@entisp.com. There are EPSS videos posted on the video section of Connect.

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yabru's picture

Thanks, however my point here was to be able to return the pc back to its orignal state. So if it was off, then once the job had finished, to turn it back off. If it was 'on' then to keep it on (as there may have been docs or work open)

I dont think eiPower Saver will know to turn the machines back off after the job has finished.

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AndyDrew's picture

I believe that the requirement you are looking for is only possible when using Intel vPro in conjunction with Task Server.

You can create a Job that consists of multiple Tasks. The initial job would power a machine on and record the machine's current power state. Subsequent tasks would install the required software and perhaps run an inventory. The last job would use the output from the first task i.e. the power state, and return the machine to the power state it was in at the beginning of the Job.

Hope that makes sense.

AS

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Yes this is true, however using eiPower Saver Solution, you don't need vPro computers, or Task Server. eiPower has a way to bring computers out of standby or hibernate on a schedule, without using WOL.  Additionally it inserts wake commands to SWD and Patch jobs so they come out of low power mode 5 minutes before the jobs arrives ensuring 100% success. Finally eiPower Saver adds WOL funcitonality, so adminitrators may wake groups of computers or collections, without Task Server.

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Pascal KOTTE's picture

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/fr/blogs/auto-shutdown-after-wakeup-only-computers-was-not-and-not-logged-meantime

Must take care, NSagent is not able to guarantee all time the 2 options:
- "user not logged": A use just loggin can run a "no user log" option (because the task start just before....)
- "only at time": A machine coming bcack from sleep or hibernate (perhaps), seems be able to run a task "out of date/time" :-(

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