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Technical Features and Requirements

PowerMAN is supported on Windows 2000 and later. The software uses a small agent which may be quickly deployed to each workstation:

PowerMAN power management software configuration
  • Simple deployment via either standard MSI or single-EXE file. Less than 1MB on-disk required
  • Deploy via GPO/AD, ZEN, SCCM, SMS, XCOPY or similar
  • ADM/ADMX supplied - Configure via Group Policy, SCCM, ZEN, or even direct Registry settings
  • Define separate policies per-user, per-computer, group or time of day
  • Configure timeouts for logout, sleep, hibernate, and power-off
  • Schedule wake-up, sleep, hibernate or power-off
  • Distinct policies for when nobody is logged on
  • Optional opt-out by user and computer. Permit authorised users to self opt-in/out to power management
  • Enforce policies, prevent unauthorised changes and override problem applications preventing PC ‘insomnia’
  • Protect critical applications or files
  • Detailed power management Event Log
  • Optional hosted (cloud) or on-premise reporting features require less than 0.5KB of bandwidth per PC per day.

Optional on-premise reporting

The optional on-premise, PowerMAN Enterprise Server, reporting software is highly scalable and supports a minimum of 100,000 client computers. The software does not normally require a dedicated server and will work in a virtualised environment. The server software requires the following:

  • Windows Server 2003 or later (x86 or x86-64) with at least 2GB of RAM. Larger installations may require more RAM.
  • Approximately 1MB of data storage per client computer per year. e.g. 20,000 PCs will require approximately 20GB of storage.
  • Microsoft® SQL Server Standard Edition 2005 or later. Smaller deployments (<10,000 workstations) may also use the free SQL Express Edition
We also offer a range of services to help deploy, integrate, and customise PowerMAN in your organisation.

Better than Windows alone

PowerMAN leads the market because it significantly enhances the features available from Windows alone. Did you know that:

  • Windows XP and earlier do not provide any built-in, centrally configured, power management.
  • Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 only provide a single timeout-based power policy to be defined for all users on a particular computer. This policy applies at all times and can be changed by any user and remains in effect even when the user logs off. The policy may be easily circumvented by rogue applications causing ‘PC Insomnia’

PowerMAN offers many more comprehensive features beyond those present in Windows alone. The following table highlights the key features of PowerMAN compared to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7/8 and the Energy Star EZ GPO tool:


Power Management Feature

Win XP

Win Vista/7/8

EZ GPO

PowerMAN 5.2

Report power usage per PC/Site

No

No

No

Comprehensive

      Export reports to Excel/CSV

No

No

No

Yes

      SQL access to per-minute data

No

No

No

Yes

Central power management configuration

No

Limited

Limited

Comprehensive

   Sleep/Hibernate (on-idle)

No

Yes

Yes

Multiple/day

   Shutdown / Power-off (on-idle)

No

No

No

Multiple/day

   Logout (on-idle)

No

No

No

Multiple/day

   Sleep/Hibernate (on-schedule)

No

No

No

Multiple/day

   Shutdown / Power-off (on-schedule)

No

No

No

Multiple/day

Maintenance window (Wake-up + stay-awake)

No

No

No

Multiple/day

Wake-up (on schedule)

No

No

No

Multiple/day

Wake-up (remote / ad-hoc)

   By Administrator

No

No

No

via WakeMyPC

   By User

No

No

No

via WakeMyPC

Multiple policies per day/user/computer/group

No

No

No

Yes

Separate policies per user  / group

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Separate policies per PC / group

No

Via GPO

Yes

Yes

Protect power settings from unauthorised changes

No

Via GPO

No

Yes

Distinct policy for no-user present

No

No

No

Yes

Enforce policy (anti-'Insomnia')

No

No

No

Yes

Configure power/sleep/lid button behaviours

No

No

Yes

Yes

Opt-out / exclusion features

   By file/program

No

No

No

Yes

   By time

No

No

No

Yes

   User driven opt-out (optional)

No

No

No

Yes

Detailed Power Management Event Log

No

No

No

Yes

Uniform solution for all client OS

N/A

N/A

No

Yes

Full support for Windows® Vista/7/8

N/A

N/A

No

Yes

Regular updates available

N/A

N/A

No

Yes

Fully supported via email and telephone

N/A

N/A

No

Yes