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  • General discussion

  • Reduce noise and power consumption of idle Home Server.


    A possibility to specify on and off time of day specified per weekday would limit the power consumption and the annoyance of a noisy Home Server.
    Especially if Home Server is placed in bedroom or living room where the noise would be particularly anoying at specific times of day.


    Connector software could include a wakeup function sending WOL packet to Home Server to reach it at offline time.
    The Domain Name feature needs Home Server to report changed dynamic IP address. If the MAC adress was also reported, then it would be possible to wake a offline Home Server from the Internet by querying Windows Live Domain server for IP and MAC address.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:34 AM

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  • This would be a feature I would like to see.


    At the moment, I am scheduling WHS to shutdown via task scheduler and using shutdown.exe in c:\windows\system32 however, as yet, I haven't been able to get WOL to work but I think that may be the network card.


    An "easier" way to do this would be better, as the last comment said, perhaps using the console to be able to wake up a WHS.



    Friday, April 27, 2007 9:12 PM
  • D, the console is not able to "wake" WHS, because it's not a locally executed application. It's remoted from WHS, using RDP. All the tray icon does is start up that connection.

    To get WoL working, your NIC and motherboard both have to support it, and you have to configure your BIOS correctly. The specifics of that are hardware dependent, so you'll have to consult your manuals. You'll also have to configure the NIC correctly in Device Manager. The final piece of the puzzle is something that generates the correct "magic packet". There are lots of freeware apps that can do that.
    Saturday, April 28, 2007 2:19 PM
  • Conceptually, your Windows Home Server does not require direct access - why put it in a bedroom or living room where it could be annoying - put it in the basement or other convenient corner, all it requires is power, a network connection and adequate ventilation.


    Other than that - check the BIOS settings of your hardware - one of my Dells allows me to set specific turn on/off times - which I've never used so I can't comment on how well it works.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2007 5:21 PM