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If it was me, I'd try using power policy. You could easily set a power policy to shut the computers down after X minutes when on AC. Yes, I know that doesn't solve your running a program issue, but if you set that power policy to turn all of the laptops on at say...3am, and then run your scripts, and then shut them back down, you could get your desired effect.
Thanks for the advice, but I'm not sure I can get these machine to Wake on Wireless LAN (as they are low end machines) =o(
If I understand correctly Power Management uses WOL exclusively to turn machines back on (even if in sleep)?
I guess I could use the Windows scheduler (or some other 3rd party application) to wake these up if I was to put them to sleep rather than shutdown.
There are two ways to wake up computers. If you use the checkbox "Enable Local Wakeup" the systems will wake themselves up (assuming they are ACPI compliant). I've tested it on systems, and they would wake up even with out a network connection. I normally recommend STRONGLY against using that option on laptops, since it has the potential to wake up a laptop when it shouldn't be woken up (think inside of a laptop bag while in your trunk, airplane, etc.). At the very least using up extra battery, or at the worst, overheating the system since it's in a bag. But since these computers would be in a well ventilated area, that shouldn't be a problem. If you don't use that checkbox, the systems will just use WOL. If you do check the box, it will use both WOL and Local Wakeup.
I only tested it with Standby. For my purposes, I don't ever see myself taking computers 100% down. Standby only uses 1-2 watts. It's not worth the time difference.
Wow, I guess I get to go to bed a little smarter tonight =o)
Didn't even notice the local wake up option.
Thank you good Sir,
I think I will follow your advice.
I believe it was one of the new features of SP2. Very handy. We have a training pool of laptops that are locked away in a closet. We're planning on doing something similar.