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Power management settings - - How can i disable system standby and hibernation for all pc's on the network?

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Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Power management settings - - How can i disable system standby and hibernation for all pc's on the network? if possible i would also like to disable the "turn off the hard disks" option as well. from what i gather, this cannot be done via gpo. is there another way to do this?

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Top Expert 2006

Hi jasonfarmer,

sadly this is something you will have to do on each machine as it can be pushed out by group policy

you may be able to script something that can change these settings....

I have not tested this but I just thunk it up whilst reading this.

Option 1:
Deploy the setting change as an MSI.
You might try turning on the power management features you are for sure going to modify (turn off) and then snapshot the PC with your favorite MSI builder. Then turn off all the options and capture the MSI. As long as the values of the settings are different, which they should be since you set them to "on" before the snapshot the package should overwrite the settings to off on the machines. Now deploy the MSI to a test machine via machine group policy to see if it is a go. I don’t see why this wouldn’t work.

Option 2:
Second option, deploy an actual power management app with the specified settings already preset which is basically what we did in option on except you would snapshot then install the app and configure it and then capture the changes as a package. I do not know of a non-proprietary package that overrides the MS power management features, and this option would be dependent on finding one.

Good Luck & Keep me in the know!
Hi  jasonfarmer  ,    ( Hi Jay_Jay   )

as my knowledge cannot configure power schemes with GPO for windows XP/2000. it will set to default schemes ( always On)
 reason could be BIOS Power managment setting could be active and it cannot override using GPO. anyway if you configure or not , you have to check each PC BIOS setting eith Power management setting.

but i found follwing web site ther is some optinon to control Power managment with GPO

and this articke willl help

but Microsoft saying those features with new Vista and Windows server "Longhorn" . ( but still   I haven't touch )



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Top Expert 2006

hi vmaheen :)

out of curiosity, have you tried that first tool - looks interesting

hi Jay_jay

no ,i just found through web , did you chek that ?

why is that not compatible with Windows ?

i have no time Jay , any way i will check it.

bye 4 now  Jay,

Top Expert 2006

i was just wondering as it looks like a very interesting option, i might download tomorrow and have a look at it - nice find bro

see ya Maheen


i tested this on my xp pro machine using gpedit.msc and it worked great

"i found follwing web site ther is some optinon to control Power managment with GPO

i will try and deploy this via group policy for the entire domain and see what happens.

thanks vmaheen for the suggestion, i will award points if it works like it did on my test pc.


i cant seem to get it to work on my domain. is says something about moving the template file to a directory? where do i need to move it?
Top Expert 2006


best off placing the INF files in each policies folder... as you wont know which bunch of characters is the policy your working on!


i applied it to the "computer configuration" instead of the "user configuration" and it worked like a charm... thanks for the suggestion.

thanks for points

and i think  Jay_Jay   also given  nice support. can we share points with him ?


Top Expert 2006

no no Maheen you earnt that one! well done,

I am downloading it for my use here so thankyou to you as well :)
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