I work at a community college in New York and recently my supervisor asked me to find a good wake on LAN software that we can use on our servers. He suggested to me to check out "matcode" first. I did and it works good, but it is command-line based and there is very little management and no ability to schedule when the magic packets are sent out.
I also checked out "R-shut pro", the trial version, it works OK, but only works if the PC is on the same subnet and VLAN as the server that is sending the magic packet out. Plus, it is server-client based, so it's an additional piece of software to install and configure.
So, we are looking for a good piece of commerical Wake on LAN software where we can manage and do some scheduling with. We would be willing to pay a reasonable fee if we knew it worked the way we wanted it to.
To summarize, this is what the software must be able to do:
- must be able to send the magic packet across multiple VLAN's and multiple subnets. For example, if we have a server sitting on VLAN 5, we need it to be able to wake a computer lab on VLAN 201, 203, and 207.
- it would be a huge plus if we could schedule the server to send out the magic packet to - for example - all computer labs on the 1st floor at 5:30am on Monday's and Wednesday's.
- the software can't be server-client based (like how Outlook works). It's just another piece of software to include in the image and this invites more problems.
- lastly, we really want this software to sit on one server - whether it be physical or virtual. We would really not prefer this software to be installed on multiple servers or PC's in multiple VLAN's
If anyone has some suggestions, I would love to hear them. I do work in a community college and so the software needs to be able to work on hundreds of PC's. Lastly, we are only considering Windows machines at this point. We have one Mac lab, but it's not a concern at this time.
Thank you experts!!