NightWatchman Console (Beta) now LIVE!!

From the 1E support forum:

I am delighted to announce that we have now launched the beta version of our NightWatchman Console and it is available for immediate download from our website:

The Console provides the following benefits:

  1. It allows customers to simply create and maintain the new AFR grouping structure that we implemented in NightWatchman 5.3 (both organisation and location groups)
  2. It gives customers visibility  of the machines that have reported into AFR and to simply drag & drop them into the correct reporting groups
  3. It empowers customers to create power policies (including Windows power schemes) and apply them to any group of machines
  4. It integrates fully with NWM and WakeUp. Policies can include scheduled WOL events, so customers can wake machines up in the morning, or set up overnight maintenance windows.
  5. It doesn’t require SMS/SCCM in the environment.
  6. It looks great too!

This beta version is limited to 1000 clients, but that doesn’t stop it from being the best POC/Pilot tool for NWM and Wakeup we’ve ever had, and it’s also great for our smaller customers even in a production environment.

We’re now hard at work on the next version, due out before the end of the year, which will get rid of the limitations of the beta, and be a fully scalable, secure, enterprise ready solution – as well as tying in with all the other great new features coming to the NightWatchman and Wakeup client agents.

You can find the NightWatchman Console (Beta) information and download in the Power & Patch Management Pack section of our web site, and the updated product sheet for PPMP also includes details on the Console.


Power IT Down Day – August 27, 2008

Are you doing this?

HP, Intel and Citrix have joined forces in a commitment to save energy, but we need your help. On August 27, power down your computer, monitor, and printer at the end of the day. We'll calculate the number of people who Power IT Down, and post the results on this page. Plus, we'll donate a portion of the cost savings to the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area. Do it for the environment. Do it for the next generation. But first, do it just for one day.

Microsoft Assessment Configuration Pack for ENERGY STAR Power Management for SC ConfigMgr 2007

Feature Summary
This Configuration Pack uses these ENERGY STAR defined efficiency levels and recommendations as follows:

  • Have computers enter system standby or hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity.
  • Have monitors enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity.
  • Create a warning notification if screen savers are not disabled. If one is enabled, the wait timeout period should be less than the monitor sleep setting.

This Configuration Pack applies only to desktop and notebook computers that are running Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems.


Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)

The “Go Green” product selector.

EPEAT is a system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.  The EPEAT Registry includes products that have been declared by their manufacturers to be in conformance with the environmental performance standard for electronic products – IEEE 1680- 2006.


Discuss EPEAT in the “Go Green” forum: