Reducing Energy Costs and Carbon Footprint with SCCM 2007 R3

Almost all companies I know do have some sort of a Green-IT policy in place but in my view this should go beyond just putting an e-mail footnote like “Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail”. Many companies use Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, but don’t bail out its Power Management capabilities whereas it could help save energy costs and carbon footprint with just a few clicks. So what about a new Read More …

Are my Windows Power Settings Energy Star compliant?

I am often asked by customers whether their Windows 7 Power Settings are Energy Star compliant. The recommendations for Windows clients are: Computers must enter system standby or hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity. Monitors must enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity Windows 7 by default comes with 3 Power Plans. High Performance, Balanced (default) and Power Saver. If you have enabled the Balanced or Power Saver power plan Read More …

A quick look at the Windows PowerShell Module for Intel vPro

In a previous post Using Intel AMT Power Management @ Home I wrote about how to use Intel AMT Power Management at home or let’s say in an environment where you don’t have systems managed by an infrastructure that provides integrated support for Intel AMT. Now Intel has released a PowerShell Module for Intel vPro. You find all the details in the following blog posts. Intel Core vPro Processor PowerShell Module – Release & Introduction Read More …

ToolTip: Power Plan Assistant for Windows 7

Microsoft has spend a great effort on optimizing the power consumption for Windows 7, But here’s another FREE tool that I consider as a nice enhancement over the build in features in Windows 7. Power Plan Assistant for Windows 7 can be downloaded from here. For a brief feature overview read this. My favorite feature is the instant “Power off the Display” option that can be invoked with just a double click on the tool’s Read More …

ToolTip: No sleep for Windows

Assume that for whatever reason occasionally you do not want your system to enter the sleep mode, but you also do not want to change your power plan ? Then have a look at insomnia a free tool to temporarily prevent a machine from going to sleep. The Tool can be downloaded from here:

Using Intel AMT Power Management @ Home

I write most of my blog posts at home in the evenings. Usually when I find a new tool I install these first within a virtual machine, this to not mess our family PC or my laptop I use for work. All Virtual Machines run on a HP dc7800 desktop which has Intel vPro support. This PC is installed down in the cellar. To avoid having to go down there to power on  the PC Read More …

ToolTip – PowerPlan Switcher for Windows

Just came across this very nice utility called the Smart Power Plan Switcher for Windows. The utility allows you to configure the power scheme to be used based on the current power status. So once your system runs on battery it will automatically switch to the preferred power scheme. the Software can be downloaded from the MSDN Code Gallery