Desktop computer power management settings and automatic shutdown overview and FAQ

Power Management Overview:

SVVSD uses automatic shutdown settings on desktop computers in the district to minimize our energy use. Automatic shutdown not only saves the power a computer is consuming, but also the energy needed to cool heat emitted from running computers.

Automatic shutdown will present a message a few minutes before the scheduled shutdown time allowing anyone to cancel the shutdown if the computer is in use. If your labs are not on a power schedule, we ask for your help in shutting down labs when classes are done for the day; every bit of power savings helps!

Turning power on automatically is also an option for most lab computers in the district. If you would like to change the power schedule that is used for a lab, please check first with your building’s LTPSC, then submit a DTS work request. We sometimes get conflicting requests, so be sure to talk with others who use the lab! Note that beginning with the 2017-2018 School Year, DTS will schedule ALL Lab computers to stay powered on until 7:00PM on Tuesdays and to power up at 5:00AM on Wednesdays in order to apply and install weekly security patches.

During school breaks, DTS technicians set computers to turn on automatically for a short time each day in order to install updates that are needed. After summer break, we request that school staff submit the desired power schedule for labs for the school year. Since schedules change from year to year, we want to make sure we’re making the best use of our resources!

Thanks for your help!

Power Management Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the program work?
The program is set up for all computer labs and student desktops throughout the district. Computers must be powered on manually unless a school requests a scheduled power on. Computer labs will be powered down between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m automatically unless a school requests an alternate power off time.

What happens over holiday and summer breaks?
During school breaks, DTS technicians set computers to power on for a short time each day to check for any updates needed. Outside of updates, the computers should be off. If that is not the case, please submit a work order so DTS can check the schedule at your school.

Does a custom schedule roll over to the following school year?
After summer break, the computer power management schedule will revert back to default settings (manual power on and automatic power off at 5 p.m). At the start of each year, we request that school staff submit the desired power schedule for labs for the new school year. Since schedules change from year to year, we want to make sure we’re making the best use of our resources!

Do computers need to stay plugged in?
Yes! If computers are unplugged (or a power strip is turned off with computers plugged into the strip), DTS is not able to push out important updates. We also want to make sure that computers are shut down properly and safely.

If I am working on a computer when the automatic shutdown is scheduled to take place, will the computer shut down and will I risk losing work?
You will receive a pop-up message prior to the automatic shutdown asking if there is someone using the computer. If you select yes, then the computer will not be powered off. Saving frequently is still recommended!

Mac: pops up a message 10 minutes before shutdown and powers the computer off if no input is received
Windows: pops up a message 10 minutes before shutdown (1 minute before if no user logged in) and powers the computer off if no input is received

Should I leave computers on at the end of the day since the computer labs have an automatic shut-down?
The automatic shutdown is there as a backup measure. The best policy is to properly shut down each computer after the last class of the day in the interest of saving electricity.

What is the proper way of shutting down a computer?
Mac: Go to the Apple menu and choose ‘Shut Down.’ Do not force shutdown by holding down the power button as this can cause a number of problems with the computer.
Windows: Go to the Start menu and click ‘Shut down.’ Do not force shutdown by holding down the power button as this can cause a number of problems with the computer.

If I notice that the computer power management schedule is not working as expected or if I would like to make a change, what should I do?
If you would like to change or check the power schedule that is used for a lab, please first consult with your building’s LTPSC, then submit a DTS work request. We sometimes get conflicting requests, so be sure to talk with others who use the lab!

 

How do I know what my school’s computer power management schedule is?
DTS has a spreadsheet to track each school’s schedule. Submit a DTS work order if you would like access.

 

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