PC Power Down, Energy Saving

Reducing wasted elctricity and consequential carbon (CO2) emissions

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3. Server Instructions of the configuration of the server software

3.1. Overview

The server provides central management, allowing computers to be managed in groups with schedules for turning on and off. Clients contact the server hourly to receive their powering down schedule. Therefore any changes may take up to an hour to propagate across all computers.

It is the server’s responsibility for waking up computers. The server side software consists of two main parts, user interface and a background service. The background service is responsible for waking up workstations and keeping their schedules up to date.

3.2. Installation

Before running the installer, please ensure that .NET 4.0 or later is installed.


 

License agreement, agree to proceed.

 

Specify installation directory.

 

Once installed, click close.

To open the interface run Programs>PC Power Down 2>PC Power Down 2.exe from the start menu.

3.3. Set Schedules

This page, as shown in figure 12 is responsible for managing schedules. Select a group in the left hand section for its schedule to be displayed. In the top right of the page it shows how many hours computers in this section will be on and off for in this Monday - Sunday week.

There are 5 different ways a schedule can repeat, as explained below.

Repeat Description
No repeat A one off event that will be deleted after occurring.
Daily Will occur every day.
Weekends Will only occur at weekends.
Weekdays Will occur Monday to Friday.
Weekly Will occur every 7 days.

3.3.1. Deleting a scheduled event
Clicking the red cross next to each scheduled event will delete it. This will instantly take effect on wake ups but will take up to an hour to be removed from the client computers.

3.3.2. Creating a scheduled event
In the section labelled schedule an event you can add event's to the currently selected group.
Please fill in the 4 options then click add, each option is explained below.

The date of the new event. Either click on the text to type a new date or click the calendar icon to bring up a date selector.

Time of the next event. Either type a new time in or use the up and down arrows. Displayed in a 24 hour clock format.

The next control is a drop down that selects the type of action; On, Off or hibernate. Please refer to section 1.4 for more information about off and hibernate.

The next drop down is for the repeat type, as explained in the table.

3.4. Manual Control

This page allows you to manually wake up computers. You can wake up all, by group or individual computers. Figure below shows the group view; clicking the "On" button below will wake all the devices in that group.

By selecting devices on the menu it lists all the devices and their last known power state. In figure 14 two companies were selected and clicked “On”, notices that their power status has changed to "OnRequested". When they wake up they will contact the server and their power status will change to On, if the server does not hear from them within 15 minutes then their power status will revert to off.


 

Selecting "Controller" will list the PC Controller that is responsible for managing all computers, clicking On will wake every computer.

Clicking Off currently has no effect on computers as their off times are controlled through schedules.

3.5. Manage Groups

This page allows you to create groups and organise which computers they contain.
To create a new group click the create button at the bottom of the page, as shown below.


 

Select edit to rename the selected group and delete to remove the group and its associated schedule.

This page consists of three sections; list of groups, list of devices in that group and a list of devices that are not in any group. Devices can only be assigned to one group.

To reassign a device into a different group please use the green arrows found between the panels devices in group and unassigned devices. Clicking the right arrow will remove the device from its group. While clicking the left arrow will add the selected device into the current group.

3.6. Manage Devices

This page allows you to create, edit and delete computers. When devices are selected on the left hand menu the right section of the page will list every device, as shown in figure 18.

Although you can add computers on this screen we do not recommend it as it requires a MAC Address which is awkward to collect and input. The best way to add new computers is to install the client software and point it towards the server where it will automatically get created on contact.

To create a new device click the create button. This will pop up a box that asks you to select controller, for the moment you can only control computers, so select "PC Controller".

This will then pop up a new computer box as shown in figure 20. Enter the computer name and MAC Address, ensuring that the MAC Address is correct.

To edit a computer select one from the list then click edit, this will pop up a screen similar to the figure above.

The name is collected from the computer and will update periodically, therefore changing the field here will not be permanent.

The last known IP address and software version will be updated upon client contact.

Delete will remove the computer from the database. However if the client software is still installed then it will be re-added upon contact. We therefore recommend that you first uninstall the client software.


3.7. Licensing

From this page you can review your current licences and add new ones. A controller will stop working if it is not licensed.

 This screenshot shows that the PC controller could manage 6 computers (devices) but it is currently unlicensed. It will therefore revoke the clients licences and cease to turn on and off automatically.

To add a new license, enter your licence key and email. We recommend copying and pasting the key. Please ensure that you enter a valid email as this key will be tied to your email address and computer.

Once entered, click "Enter Licence". The software will verify your key online and then licence your software.

If you have any problems, please refer to our online help and support.

3.8. System

This page contains useful information about your configuration. The page consists of three sections; installed controllers, software modules and database. As shown below.

The bottom section shows the database, to change it simply click change and select the new database.

If you want to back up your configuration then simply copy this database.

The "Installed controllers" show what devices you can control, at the moment it is only computers.

The "software modules" section lists the exact version you are running. If you are experiencing problems with the software then please copy and paste this information into your support message.

3.9. Uninstalling

To uninstall the software on the server, please run the Uninstall.exe found on either the start menu or installation directory.

This will run a utility to remove the software from your computer, once finished click close.

This will only remove the server software. To remove the client software uninstall through the active directory. If you used a manual install then run the uninstaller on each computer.

 

Once entered, click "Enter Licence". The software will verify your key online and then licence your software.

 

The screenshot below shows that the PC controller is now licensed with 10 seats until the 1st of June. The 10 licences are issued to computers on a first come basis, first serve basis. This usually takes around an hour.

 

The screesnhot below shows that the PC controller is now licensed with 10 seats until the 1st of June. The 10 licences are issued to computers on a first come basis, first serve basis. This usually takes around an hour.

 



Last updated by Administrator (admin)  on Mar 09 2011  at 2:30 PM
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