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Technical Features and Requirements

PowerMAN is supported on Windows 7 SP0 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. Minimial 1MB on-disk footprint
  • 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, restart 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’
  • Exceptions available for critical applications, files or times
  • Detailed power management Event Log
  • Optional historic reporting features require around 1KB of bandwidth/PC/day
  • Optional live reporting feature requires a further 3-4KB bandwidth/PC/day (depending on usage)
  • Legacy PowerMAN versions support Windows 2000/XP. Please contact technical support.

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 current server has the following technical requirements:

  • Windows Server 2008 or later with minimum 4GB 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 / year.
  • Microsoft® SQL Server Standard Edition 2008 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.

Note: Previous editions of PowerMAN Enterprise Server supported Windows Server 2003 / SQL Server 2005. Please contact technical support if you require this.


Much better than Windows alone

PowerMAN leads the market because it significantly enhances the features available from Windows alone. This is because Windows only provides a single idle-based power policy for all users on a particular computer. This policy applies at all times, can be changed by any user, and remains in effect even when the user logs off. The policy may be easily circumvented by rouge applications causing ‘PC Insomnia’.


PowerMAN offers many more comprehensive features beyond those present in Windows alone. It allows specific policies to be activated when no user is logged on or on different days and times of day (such as night-time and weekends). Crucially, PowerMAN also allows policies to be enforced so they cannot be inadvertently defeated. The product also includes a powerful exception engine that allows policies to respond to the user environment and behave different when certain programs, files or users are present.


Power Management Feature

Win 7/8.x/10

PowerMAN 5.5

Historic Reporting per PC/site

No

Comprehensive

      Export reports to Excel/CSV

No

Yes

      SQL access to per-minute data

No

Yes

Live Reporting per PC/Site

No

Yes

      Per-site workstation availability report

No

Yes

      Workstation status dashboard

No

Yes

Central power management configuration

Limited

Comprehensive

   Sleep/Hibernate (on-idle)

Yes

Multiple/day

   Shutdown / Power-off (on-idle)

No

Multiple/day

   Logout (on-idle)

No

Multiple/day

   Sleep/Hibernate (on-schedule)

No

Multiple/day

   Shutdown / Power-off (on-schedule)

No

Multiple/day

Wake-up

No

Multiple/day

Maintenance window (Wake-up + stay-awake)

No

Multiple/day

Wake-up (on schedule)

No

Multiple/day

Wake-up (remote / ad-hoc)

   By Administrator

No

via WakeMyPC

   By User

No

via WakeMyPC

Multiple policies per day/user/computer/group

No

Yes

Separate policies per user  / group

No

Yes

Separate policies per PC / group

Via GPO

Yes

Protect power settings from unauthorised changes

Via GPO

Yes

Distinct policy for no-user present

No

Yes

Enforce policy (anti-'insomnia')

No

Yes

Configure power/sleep/lid button behaviours

Via GPO

Yes

Opt-out / exclusion features

   By file/program

No

Yes

   By time

No

Yes

   User self opt-out (optional)

No

Yes

Detailed Power Management Event Log

No

Yes

Uniform solution for all client OS

N/A

Yes

Full support for Windows® 7/8/10

N/A

Yes

Regular updates available

N/A

Yes

Fully supported via email and telephone

N/A

Yes