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How can i shutdown automatically server to shutdown and restart in the morning? is there any tools or built in utility that sbs 2003 or windows server 2003 has?

Posted on 2008-10-15
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Last Modified: 2013-12-11
Hello Experts, i am looking for tools for SBS 2003 or windows server 2003 server  to shut down automatically and restart in the morning for power saving purpose.
Question by:vikram_14
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For shutdown, create a Scheduled Task that will start PSshutdown (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897541.aspx)

For waking up, check BIOS if you have option "Wake up On..."

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Thanks for your reply, is there any good utility or tools for servers that you can recomand
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by:Mark Damen
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A few questions to throw into the mix:

1.  Can you not leave the server on, but have all the workstations turned off?   An SBS server is there to allow access for users at anytime they wish, etc.

It also runs processes such as Exchange maintenance, Backups, GAL updates etc at night when the server is not busy processing user requests.  I cannot see how turning off the server will give any benefit, compared against the issues it could cause.
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there will be no workstations on after 7pm till 8am in the morning, data server wont be needed till morning for users to access the files.
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do you not have backups that are configured to run at night though, things of this nature?

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I do have back up, it finishes in 30 minutes afterwards server stays on for no reason.

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