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Power and Hybernation not wanted.

Posted on 2007-04-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-18

I need to prevent all computers on the network from using any power save options. By default they are all on and I need the system to stay running and never hybernate. When a new user logs on to a worksation the first time the system will go in to hybernation after the have logged off if another user does not logon in the mean time.
Active directory on win 2003 domain and XP Pro workstations
Is there a way to set this either in group policy or in the registry?

Question by:theesnoman
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LauraEHunterMVP earned 500 total points
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The Energy Star people have released a free tool to help automate management of power settings, available here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_mgt.pr_pm_ez_gpo.  I've hear mixed reviews, but it's worth a try since you can't do it in native GP.

I believe that Power Management will be getting better when Longhorn ships, though the management features will almost certainly be Vista-only.  :-(

Hope this helps.

Laura E. Hunter - Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Networking
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This link from MS will explain the power settings a bit more:

LEH - Longhorn?
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Are you asking what Longhorn is?  It's the codename for the new version of Windows which is currently in beta.
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Figured that's what you somehow meant.  It hasn't been called Longhorn for a long time.  Try Windows Vista, which was released 1/30/07.
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Windows Vista is the client operating system.  Longhorn is still the codename for the new release of the server operating system, which is still in beta until at least Q3 of this year or later.  


When I mentioned Group Policy management capabilities for Vista clients, I was, for obvious reasons, referring to management capabilities in the upcoming server OS.
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OK, I stand corrected.  You were thinking server, I was thinking desktop.  NP, just wanted to clarify.

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