Big time savings with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

The System Center  team blog featured a guest post by one of their MVPs yesterday on his experiences with the centralized power management features in SCCM 07 R3. While not the only feature in the release, the centralized power management functionality certainly seems to be getting the most amount of airtime.  Which is not really…

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Study: New ENERGY STAR rated server consumes 54% less energy than older server

Microsoft has been working with the  US EPA and HP for the last 6 months or so on a study to compare a new ENERGY STAR-qualified server (2009 model) with a similar, older non-energy star rated servers (2006 model)  The results show quite convincingly that replacing an older server with a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model…

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The Efficiency Imperative

On Monday, I was proud to speak on behalf of Microsoft at Intel Developer Forum 2010 on the critical need for developers to do their part to help improve IT efficiency.  IT efficiency is a component of Greener IT, which is the term Microsoft is using for recognizing that Green IT is a journey rather…

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Windows 7 Power Use Study

In the category of “I wrote this a long time ago but forgot to post it”, Mindteck updated their 2009 white paper which explores power use of various PC platforms using Windows 7. In the new paper, they tested both sleep, idle, low use and high use scenarios and built a model to estimate cost…

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Getting started with Windows Power Management

My team just published three new “getting started” white papers on microsoft.com today.  The first paper is an overview of the importance of ensuring that your application, service or driver is “energy smart”.  The other two cover some high level best practices for being compatible with system sleep and display power management, and writing efficient…

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(Faulty?) Soft power switch caused resume from sleep failures

When the motherboard (or ‘mobo’) in my ‘media’ PC stopped working recently, I decided to turn lemons into lemonade and use it as an excuse to build a Home Theatre PC for my living room. While I was deciding on which HTPC case to buy, I installed the new motherboard in my old case to…

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Found: Secret Internet Explorer Insomnia feature!

In the category of “this problem has been around for years but no-one has noticed it”, I discovered very recently that IE raises an availability request when it downloads a file. This is the desired behavior – you don’t want the PC to automatically sleep during the middle of a download. However, once the download…

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Tales of PC Insomnia, Part 2

In my last post on this topic, I described a couple of scenarios in which your PC would not automatically sleep.  I’ve got good news to report on both. Streaming Web Video The first is our old friend Adobe Flash. I’ve been working with the Adobe  on this issue for some time now, and with…

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