Power Saving add-in for WHS RRS feed

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  • Hi I've created a very small add-in for the WHS Console.


    It enables you to transition the server to standby (S1 / S3 where supported) or hibernation (where enabled) until a later period in the day when full service is restored.  I figure this will be useful to those who want to cut down on their carbon emissions / electricity bill and don't require 100% availability throughout the day (or are happy enough to use WOL to wake the server if required).


    When transitioning into a sleep state I check whether or not the server is idle and postpone the transition if necessary, however it's still recommended that you consider whether your configured 'sleep' schedule will conflict with other scheduled tasks such as backups.


    I'm currently testing so there may be a bug or two I haven't yet spotted - hopefully nothing major Big Smile In any case, you're welcome to give the latest build a try:


    Screenshot here

    Info and download here



    Sunday, December 23, 2007 6:40 PM

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    I like this option very much. I haven't installed it yet because i'm a little afraid. Is it save to put the WHS in standby or hibernation when it's balancing data ?
    Sunday, December 23, 2007 7:59 PM
  • It should be safe since part of the process of transitioning into a sleep state involves the operating system informing all applications and services of the event; giving them the opportunity to handle it gracefully. 


    But you're right to query - I've only really begun testing today so I should be able to provide better assurance after I've played with the add-in for longer.


    Over the course of the afternoon I've noticed that WHS likes to wake up of it's own accord to perform some task at regular intervals, I'll need to investigate further.

    Sunday, December 23, 2007 8:13 PM
  • Nice, i like it. Was missing this function in home server!  


    Sunday, December 23, 2007 10:26 PM
  •  runtime360 wrote:

    Over the course of the afternoon I've noticed that WHS likes to wake up of it's own accord to perform some task at regular intervals, I'll need to investigate further.


    I hope you come with a solution. The Siemens Scaleo has an power management add-in so it must be possible.

    Tuesday, December 25, 2007 8:31 AM
  • Yeah, I like this one. I'll be glad to see if Runtime gets the bugs worked out... I'll stay tuned for an update....
    Tuesday, December 25, 2007 5:49 PM
  • I managed to reach my power saving nirvana, albeit through a different approach Smile


    If you're interested to find out more and/or would like to help test please drop me a line here:


    Scheduled Wake, Shutdown and Reboot on LAN


    Screenshot 1

    Screenshot 2

    Sunday, December 30, 2007 9:51 PM
  • Albert


    good to see you may be taking a different approach here - there are often more than one solutions to a problem


    I would like to try out your new 'test' solution - can you please provide a link to the download ?






    David  (just emailed you last night - drop me a reply) ?







    Monday, December 31, 2007 8:36 AM

    I used a "quick and dirty solution" :

    - Added a sheduled task to shut down the server at 1030 PM.

    - Put a mechanical timer to shut down the SDSL router and the server at 0h00.


    The timer put the power back at 0730 in the morning (1000 during the week-end), and the motherboard is set to restart when the power's back.


    Old fashion way, but when then timer shut offs, the power consumption falls to 0W, no stanby power loss. And the timer costs 5 bucks.




    Tuesday, January 8, 2008 9:03 PM
  • That'd do the trick too    The only disadvantage I can think of is if you needed to power on the machine while you were away to retrieve a file etc. remotely.  Creative solution though!


    Tuesday, January 8, 2008 11:34 PM
  • In the thread PowerSwitch - automatic power down and wake up about another Power saving Add-in you I found that sbscrexe.exe process is causing the reboots: http://forums.speedguide.net/showpost.php?p=1866152&postcount=11.


    Hope this helps in further developing your Add-in.

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 12:40 AM