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My company has outsourced some of our IT duties.  They are recommending we leave our desktop computers on 24/7.  We have had a practice for leaving on during weekday and shutting down on weekends.  Our company has 75 to 100 computers.  What do you think?
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Unless there is a particular business case that sounds like an awful waste of power and therefore money. At the very least I would query the perceived benefit.

Perhaps they intend to use the spare compute cycles to mine Bitcoins :P
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Shutting down on the weekends is fine.    The company most likely wants to ensure that maintenance functions typically scheduled for overnight run okay; but there's no reason those can't be done during the weeknights.    Do let them know you're doing that, however, so they can schedule everything accordingly.
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If they wanted the computers online for maintenance they could use something like Wake on Lan (WoL), Group Policy Preferences (GPP) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) power management.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake-on-LAN

https://blogs.technet.com/b/grouppolicy/archive/2009/09/30/configuring-a-power-plan-with-group-policy-preferences-by-alan-burchill.aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682175.aspx

These days there are smarter and more Eco-concious ways of dealing with scheduled maintenance which could save your company money.
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