How to Centrally Manage Power Settings on Windows XP/2000
The power management settings in Windows Vista can be centrally managed via Group Policy. However, natively the power management settings (monitor power management, system standby, and hibernate) in Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 cannot be centrally managed through Group Policies.
Energy Star offers a free tool to network administrators that you might want to check out. It’s called EZ GPO and doesn’t have any licensing fees. EZ GPO will allow you to centrally manage your Windows XP/2000 client workstations through Group Policy.
According to the Energy Star Web site, here’s how EZ GPO works.
- – Uses an automated installer
- – Contains one binary application that runs as a service and one that runs on login under each user’s account
- – Reads the desired power management settings that are set using GPOs in integer and string value format
- – Allows changes to power management settings using Microsoft’s core Application Programming Interface
- – Intelligently selects only capable computers when activating “system standby.” (Computers generally capable of using system standby reliably run Windows 2000 or XP with Pentium 4 chip sets capable of S3 standby mode.)
You can download EZ GPO here.
Also check out EZ GPO Installation Instructions and FAQs.
In case you are wondering about Energy Star. It is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s purpose is to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.