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How do I stop Windows server 2003 starting up on a Dell Poweredge server machine automatically?

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I have a standalone DELL Poweredge server computer running Windows 2003 Enterprise Server in a tower case sitting in my home office. It is connected to a private local network.  I use the machine for test\learning purposes only - SQL server and networking tasks, TCP\P and IIS - that sort of thing. The server is powered up by me maybe a couple of times a week, no more. When I have finished I shut the machine down fully as it serves no other physical function.

The server is in my office which is next to a family bedroom - and it keeps booting itself in the middle of the night if I do not disconnect it from the UPS. This is very inconvenient - and it wakes my son as the fan on the server is very loud!!!

There must be something in the machine that causes this behaviour. Can anybody show me how to kill the machine so that it runs only when I hit the start button!!!!!

Thanks
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by:Kavostylin
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Hi there,

By the sounds of things your server is kicking over due to the "Wake On Lan" Function. Have a look through the BIOS and there should be a function for Wake On Lan.

How is your UPS connected to the PC is it connected VIA ethernet or RS232 for data???
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by:DavidHannen
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Think you have go it with the "Wake on Lan" function in the BIOS. Have spent ages searching through windows settings for a solution to no avail....Thinking about it this is daft as windows is effectively dead until the nmachine boots anyway! Bios has power regardless if the machine is powered to mains? Is this right?
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That is correct.

Usually a UPS communicates with a server to send shutdown/startup messages via Ethernet.

You may need to look through the manual for your UPS to see if it is dependant on that function to restart the server in event of a power failure but Wake On Lan is what is causing the issue.

is your UPS connected to the server VIA ethernet or Serial????
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by:DavidHannen
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I am convinced BIOS config is the solution. Thanks for the input
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