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 Start computers automatically and reliably

Computers can be in different operating states:

  1. Ongoing (S0)
  2. In sleep mode (standby/hibernate) (S1 - S4)
  3. Fully shut down and off (S5)
  4. Powerless: Disconnected from power/battery (S6) - of course, this state cannot be supported.


Using the Auto Shutdown Manager, computers can be woken up or started regardless of location, time and operating state.

There are two different start procedures for this, which can also be combined:

  1. Computers are woken up by their own local timer.
    Suitable for computers:
    • Which are not permanently connected to the network
    • Which are mostly in standby/hibernate operating state; Wake On LAN is required for completely shut down computers
    • With the help of the local timer, for example, all school notebooks that have not been shut down can be woken up at night and then shut down properly
    • Auto Shutdown Manager offers so-called time rules for this. This can be used to create required wake-up patterns, including complex ones

  2. Computers are started via Wake On LAN (WOL) 
    • This applies to computers in all operating states - including shut down, of course except for S6
    • For this, computers must be permanently connected to the network via cable.
    • Computers can be located in remote networks, branches or even in other countries
    • Auto Shutdown Manager offers mature concepts like WOL Proxies to implement Wake On LAN reliably and independent of location. WOL proxies can be automatically generated and optimized.
    • The time planning takes place in the own WOL scheduler. In addition, MECM/SCCM® (via console, scheduled jobs, updates) supported via the included plugin. Own XML-based wake-up jobs are also supported out of the box.
    • Spontaneously starting or waking up remote PCs is also possible at any time. The administrator can start individual computers or entire computer groups with one click from the management console. Wake-up via command line is also supported.
    • Users can remotely boot their office computers using the included WOL PORTAL (or the supplied Windows tool "Wake On WAN").
    • The Auto Shutdown Manager comes with a feature called "Fix WOL On Clients" that allows the administrator to automatically configure the required Wake On LAN (WOL) parameters on the clients. This feature enables the administrator to ensure that only magic packets are allowed as wake-up patterns or that quick start is disabled to enable WOL reliably. The WOL property of the network cards is also checked and activated if necessary to ensure that the WOL feature functions correctly.

The Auto Shutdown Manager offers unparalleled WOL capabilities for efficient and reliable management in complex environments, helping you reach your goals quickly and effectively. 


Turn off computers safely and automatically

Shutting down user machines and servers is a critical process that must be carefully planned and implemented.

The Auto Shutdown Manager offers both users and administrators tools to safely shut down idle computers.


Schedule Shutdown

First, create a rough schedule when you don't want computers to be off, such as typical office hours or school hours. This can be done according to computer groups and days of the week.


Delay shutdown

If desired by the administrator, the shutdown process can be delayed while computers are being worked on or while they are doing a useful job such as backups, rendering images, etc. - even outside normal working hours.


Decline shutdown by user

The administrator can allow users to prevent a scheduled shutdown. The user is then presented with a message prior to the shutdown process and given the option to decline the shutdown.


Save documents automatically

The Auto Shutdown Manager includes an automatic save feature for Microsoft Office documents, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, and Outlook e-mail drafts. This ensures that any unsaved work is safely saved before the actual shutdown process. Additionally, the tool provides the ability to run custom shutdown scripts, such as cleanly disconnecting database connections.


The shutdown process:

Shutdown schedules are managed centrally but stored locally for reliable execution without a network connection.

Administrators can choose from various shutdown modes, such as standby, hibernation, restart, shutdown, and user logoff, for each shutdown.

There are various strategies for shutdown, which can also be combined.

  1. Variable shutdown using an idle shutdown timer
    • Can be deactivated for core working hours (e.g. Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    • Automatic detection of "useful" activities such as backup, downloads, increased CPU activity, etc., which delay shutdown as long as necessary
    • Detects user activity

  2. Switch off at fixed times
    • Provide fixed shutdown times that can also be enforced (e.g. force all library computers to shut down at 10:30 p.m.)
    • Supports one-time or recurring, even complex time patterns (e.g.: reboot of servers every other Saturday night at 02:30)

  3. Emergency shutdown in case of power failure
    • If the UPS system reports a power failure, client computers can be shut down in groups. In the critical energy state, the servers can then be shut down.
    • If the UPS system reports normal operation again, the servers can be started up first and then the client computers.

  4. The administrator can switch off individual computers or entire groups of computers spontaneously and at any time
    • Useful for restarting after spontaneous updates
    • In an emergency, for example in the event of acute security problems
    • Can also be done via the MECM/SCCM Console with the included plugin



Detailed Reports

The Auto Shutdown Manager provides detailed reports to help administrators monitor energy usage, hardware and software status, driver versions, and other important system information.

The following reports are available, among others:

  1. Operating time per hour / day / weekday (e.g. On-time on Mondays/Tuesdays/etc.)
  2. Energy costs
  3. Energy & CO2 consumption
  4. Status and error messages
  5. Average CPU usage per computer
  6. Detailed hardware and software reports with the included IT Asset Management


What our customers say:

Dr. Culler, a computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, says: “we surveyed much of the space; we looked at all of the free tools, the open tools, the for-pay tools… ASDM (Auto Shutdown Manager) is light years ahead of anything else I've seen in the industry.".

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