Solved

leaving your desktop PC on 24/7 in a company

Posted on 2013-10-24
3
153 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
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?
0
Comment
Question by:starmakerdj
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Recept
ID: 39599031
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
0
 
LVL 70

Accepted Solution

by:
garycase earned 90 total points
ID: 39599256
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.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Recept
ID: 39599465
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.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article is a cursory discussion of Intel SpeedStep Technology (SpeedStep) and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST).  The goal is more to illuminate what these technologies are and are not.  The detail of how each technology works is not a…
Upper back Pain: My back hurt for months. Upper back, mostly my neck, spine and across my shoulder blades. I was getting headaches too, that felt like they were caused by tension in my shoulders, but now I feel fine! I'm sharing this hoping someone…
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question