Starting with Release 4, Auto Shutdown Manager supports Central Management via it’s build in Management Console.
The Management Console allows configuration, updates, management and deployment of settings and policies from one central place to the all network clients or specified client groups.
It also supports daily administration tasks such as remote wakeup, shutdown, logoff users and restart single PCs or selected PC groups.
The Management Console provides five different management categories
The Client Manager allows the creation of groups with different power policies, security options and other administrative settings.
Client PCs are then assigned to the appropriate group - this can be done very easy manually via drag and drop or fully automated based on PC name filters or the active directory structure. For example different settings can be defined for office PCs, support staff, sales or marketing. The number of groups is unlimited. Furthermore the Client Manager also supports remote wakeup and remote shutdown commands such as restart, standby, hibernate, logoff users or power down individual PCs or entire PC Groups.
The License Manager is used to manage the licensing system.
There are two possible ways of licensing. Each client can have its own permanent license – or can lease a license from server. If clients lease licenses from server –there is no need to enter licenses manually to each client, which makes the overall licensing process very easy and transparent. The lease time for client licenses is 90 days – so outdated or inactive clients are removed automatically after 90 days and their licenses are reused for other clients. Each time when a client connects the server, the lease time is updated. The timeframe of 90 days is long enough to cover occasionally connected clients such as laptops and to bridge longer out of office times. Unused clients can also be removed manually, which releases their licenses immediately.
The Update Manager helps to keep the Auto Shutdown Manager Release up-to-date on the entire client base. The update process works fully automatic and transparent – even if no users are logged on to their PC.
Once there is a newer Auto Shutdown Manager Release available, update the server first. Then select the Client Groups you wish to update and press "Allow Update Now" - that's it to update hundreds or thousands of clients - done with a few clicks.
The Maintenance Manager helps to automatically power up clients for maintenance tasks, keep them running as long as needed and power them down after the administration was done. The wakeup process can be scheduled or executed immediately via WoL (Wake On Lan).
Note: Auto Shutdown Manager supports advanced WoL capabilities, so that PCs outside of the server's local IP segment and even over the Internet can be reached.
The Client Monitor is used to display an overview of recent events.
Events such as clients wakeup, shutdowns, initializations, updates or issues and others are displayed.
All reporting details can be written into a Microsoft SQL Database for further analysis.
The Client Monitor offers a high level savings report. More details can be found in the database for further analysis.