Automatically Turn On a Client Machine

By scorral ·
I hope this isn't too basic for this forum so here it goes...

I was wondering if there was a way to automatically schedule a client workstation to turn on after it has been shutdown. I have a lab of 36 client workstations running Windows XP. It would be great to have them all turn on in the morning. I have been experimenting with the task scheduler using %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 0 but when the computer has already been shut down it the task does not execute. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by b.mills In reply to Automatically Turn On a C ...

Hey there ,

There is a wy but your network card has to support WOL. WOL stands for WAKE ON LAN. Usually the manufacturer has software for this but you can get third party software that does the same .. just google "WOL software" wake on lan just sends out a magic packet as when your computer is connected to power regardless whether your computer is turned on the network card DOES stay on

Also to make sure your network card does support WOL do the following -
1. Right click "My Computer"
2. Click manage
3. Click device manager
4. Find your network card and right click
5. select properties
6. go to the "Advanced" tab
and if in there it has Wake up capabilities

i Really hope this works as sometimes, even if it is enabled, it sometimes will still not work

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Oh Yeah

by b.mills In reply to WOL

Sorry i forgot one other way but it requires your BIOS to have a Scheduled "turn on" time or date ..

some BIOS' dont have this capibiltiy but yeah

hope somethign works for you

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