Auto Shutdown Manager Release 5 – Upgrade Information
Upgrade information for customers with release 4
Automatic Shutdown of idle PCs
What does "idle" mean, and why is it so important to know?
In the sense of power management, idle means that a computer is switched on but is not running any productive or useful codes. Idle PCs consume energy and produce heat, but do nothing useful or productive. PCs left on after work are a good example.
Benefits of using PC Power Management
Nowadays, with energy prices rising continuously, both consumers and enterprises are looking for ways to save energy effectively - but without changing the familiar working style. Most importantly, benefits result from energy - and therefore cost savings. According to several researchers, on average, 20 % of all computers are not shut down at all at night or over weekends. Lunch breaks or long absences from the desk are not even mentioned.
The Management Console allows configuration, updates, management and deployment of power management settings and policies from one central place. All clients are managed by groups.
The Management Console also supports daily administration tasks such as remote wake up, shutting down, logging users off and restarting single PCs or selected PC groups.
Below is the version history along with the most significant changes.
Examples and Scenarios
See few examples how easy and flexible Auto Shutdown Manager can be used
Here are some features, listed by license type, that make Auto Shutdown Manager the top and complete network-enabled PC Power Management solution for laptops, desktops, and servers.
Auto Shutdown Manager can be used on Windows 11/10/8.x/7/Vista, Server 2022/2019/2016/2012R2 (64/32 Bit). For WOL Proxies also Java supporting devices such as Raspberry PI.
IT Asset Management
The newly introduced IT Asset Management functionality in the Auto Shutdown Manager Management Console provides IT administrators and managers with an up-to-date view of all the important assets in their IT environment.
The number of installed licenses, numbers of deployed PC models, driver versions / dates, and many other aspects of your IT environment can be swiftly displayed and easily examined.
Asset data is read directly from the clients and is automatically updated on the server.
Network Uptime Analyzer
Network Uptime Analyzer was designed to help you find out whether and how many PCs, servers and other IP enabled devices are left on overnight or at weekends. It is free - very easy - no installation - no agents. Get enterprise-wide reports about energy costs, energy consumption, and the related CO2 production.
Auto Shutdown Manager operates even if no users are logged on in a so-called full background or service mode. All operations are supported in this mode, including power up, power down, restart, standby, updates and patches, deployment and receiving of new settings, and the execution of time rules.
Auto Shutdown Manager is being used in many large, medium and small enterprises, universities, colleges and schools (EDU), as well as in government agencies (GOV) and non-profit organizations (NPOs) all over the world. See some examples here.
Remote PC Shutdown and Wake on Lan
Remote shutdown and remote wake up are obviously very useful functions that can make the administrators' and the end users' lives easier. It is not only important to prevent hazards such as virus attacks, as some PCs or entire PC groups can be powered down immediately from one central place, it also performs regular service and maintenance tasks such as patch management, data backups; overnight scans, and the like much more efficiently by powering the required machines up and down on schedule or instantly on demand.
See some Auto Shutdown Manager screenshots of the client and server components
Wake On LAN
The Auto Shutdown Manager server provides the following enterprise-class WOL features:
Why Auto Shutdown Manager
Auto Shutdown Manager is the leading and unique PC Power Management solution on the market.