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Waking Machines Up

With Remote Shutdown, you can either wake up remote Machines immediately, or create a preconfigured task to run Wake-on-LAN in the future, or schedule preconfigured tasks to be executed once or on a regular basis – this section will show you how to reach all these goals.

Performing Wake-on-LAN

To send a Wake-on-LAN packet to a remote Machine, Remote Shutdown firstly should be introduced to its MAC address. In case if the Wake-on-LAN operation is initiated for Machines that has no MAC address retrieved, Remote Shutdown will try to retrieve it automatically for each Machine before sending a magic packet, but as a Machine is turned off, the operation will be able to use only the Neighbor Discovery, IPv6 EUI-64 and DHCP methods. Thus, it is recommended to refresh MAC addresses manually or on schedule; refer the Retrieving MAC Addresses section for details.

Wake on LAN

Wake on LAN

The Wake on LAN button from the Power Ribbon group on the Remote Actions page should be used to wake up the remote Machines selected in the Network view or the All Machines view.

To turn on remote Machines by sending them a Wake-on-LAN package, use the Wake on LAN button from the Power Ribbon group on the Remote Actions page. If the Network or the All Machines view is active, the selected Machines and Collections are automatically added to the operation's Machine Queue. This action is also available from the Power group from the Home Ribbon page and the corresponding group in pop-up menus and on toolbars of the Network and All Machines views. The wizard will appear on the screen and guide you through the operation configuration process Pic 1.

Configuring a MAC address scan operation

Pic 1. Configuring a Wake-on-LAN operation

When configuring a Wake-on-LAN operation you can override the WOL and MAC address scan settings defined in the program preferences, if required, and define a set of Machines to be turned on. To learn more about the Wake-on-LAN packets transmission methods, refer to the WOL Packets Transmission Methods section. The MAC address scan methods are described within the MAC Address Retrieving Methods section. For the information on configuring a scope of Machines, refer to the Defining Machines to Operate section of this document. Once you are done with configuring the operation, press Finish to proceed. The Wake-on-LAN operation will start automatically, and as soon as it is completed, you will be able to see the execution results in the Execution Results view.

Creating a new Wake on LAN Task

If you do not want to wake Machines up right now, with Remote Shutdown you can create a preconfigured task to perform Wake-on-LAN in future, any time you want. While creating a new task, you can override a configuration to be used for performing Wake-on-LAN, if required. To create a new Wake on LAN task for further execution, you should choose the New Task > Wake on LAN item from the Tasks area pop-up menu. Alternatively you can use the New Task button from the Tasks area toolbar or the Regular Task button from the New Ribbon group on the Management contextual page from the Tasks and Schedule Tools category. The New Task wizard will appear on the screen and guide you through the process of creating a new task. Once you are done with configuring the task, press Create to create it. The newly created task will be added to the Tasks area. A created task can be executed manually any time using the Run menu item from the Tasks area or scheduled for automatic execution. Remote Shutdown will store the results for all runs of this task, and you can review all of them in the Execution Results view.

Performing Wake-on-LAN on schedule

As it has already been mentioned, with Remote Shutdown you can run a preconfigured Wake-on-LAN task any time you want. However, manual task execution may not be convenient for you since in such a case you would always have to remember when you should perform this or that WOL. The scheduling engine built into Remote Shutdown can always keep this in mind for you, so that you can concentrate on your other everyday tasks.

To schedule a new Wake on LAN task, you should choose the Scheduled Task > Wake on LAN item from the New Ribbon group on the Home page. This option is also available in the Scheduling area pop-up menu and on the toolbar. Alternatively, you can select the Machines you want to turn on in the Network or the All Machines view and choose the New > Scheduled Wake on LAN Task menu item from the pop-up menu to initialize the Machine Queue with the selected Machines.

When scheduling a task, you can override the Wake-on-LAN operation settings, if required, and specify a set of Machines to turn them on. Once you are done with configuring the task, press Schedule for the task to be put on schedule. The scheduled task will be added to the Scheduling area. A scheduled task is executed automatically when its start time comes. Remote Shutdown stores the results for all runs of such a task, and you can review all of them in the Execution Results view.

What's inside

WOL Packets Transmission Methods

Prerequisites of Wake-on-LAN