Configuring Power Options for Windows XP Laptops on a Server 2008 Domain Group Policy

We have a single server site, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.  We manage all our systems through Group Policy, at this time all the client systems run Windows XP Professional SP3.  
We have a computer lab for students that contains around twenty laptop computers.  Despite the Group Policy Power Settings that are defined for the "When I close the lid" option to "Do Nothing," the laptops always go to Standby when the lid closes.  We want the laptops to stay powered on after hours for antivirus updates, windows patching, etc...

These systems are getting the group policy, as all the other settings work perfectly fine.  These systems also have the Group Policy Client Side Extensions update already installed, as well as all the latest updates.

Any assistance would be appreciated!  Thanks!
ccptechsAsked:
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Darius GhassemCommented:
If you look in the settings on laptops is this option selected?
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Netman66Commented:
You could also run a Startup script via GPO the uses POWERCFG.exe to import a previously configured and exported power profile.

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ccptechsAuthor Commented:
When I look at the Power Options on the laptop, the option says "Do Nothing."

I'm not familiar with the POWERCFG.exe tool and scripting to import a previously exported power profile.  Could you please elaborate on this process?

Thanks,
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Netman66Commented:
From a CMD prompt on the XP box, type powercfg /?.

All of the tools options are there.

You may not be able to configure the lid option, but you can turn off Standby and Hibernate.

If you run powercfg /q, it will list the current scheme and settings.

Make note of the scheme name at the top.
We want to set hard disk (ac) and standby (ac) to Never and turn off hibernate.
We also want to ensure all the laptops are using the same power profiles.

Your script may look something like this.

powercfg /setactive Portable/Laptop
powercfg Portable/Laptop /change /standby-timeout-ac 0 /disk-timeout-ac 0 /hibernate off

I would test this in a batch file run locally on one machine (as administrator) and see if it stops going to sleep.

It may also be in need of an update - some laptops require power extensions to be installed - these are downloaded from the laptop vendor.  Toshiba is notorious for requiring the Power Extensions before even the Windows settings start working.





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ccptechsAuthor Commented:
I will play with the POWERCFG.exe tool and create a new logon script for the lab systems.  I will monitor it overnight and let you know the results.

Thank you.
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ccptechsAuthor Commented:
This did the trick.  I created a custom power config, scripted it, and added it as a startup script.  Thanks so much!
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