EMCO Remote Shutdown - What's New in Version 4.0

Below you can find a list of the latest product releases. Click on the release version to see what new features, improvements and bug-fixes appeared in a particular release.
 Release: 6.0 | 5.0 | 4.4 | 4.3 | 4.2 | 4.1 | 4.0 | 3.0 | 2.3 | 2.2 | 2.1
Please note that the list of versions only contains the versions defined as major updates. Changes from minor and bug-fix releases are represented here as changes to the corresponding major update versions that include those changes.

Version 4.0.2 (February 23, 2010)

New and improved features

The below features have been introduced for the first time or significantly improved in this release:

  • Improved integration with the System Tray to provide an access to more application management options
  • Improved logging to store information about problems happened on application start up

Resolved issues

This release resolves a number of issues, the most important of which are listed below:

  • Potential problems during window layout loading process
  • Minimize on start up feature does not work in some environments
  • Application cannot be minimized after a period of time
  • System Tray icon cannot be created in some environments

Version 4.0.1 (January 18, 2010)

New and improved features

The below features have been introduced for the first time or significantly improved in this release:

  • Improved error diagnostics in network scan operations

Resolved issues

This release resolves a number of issues, the most important of which are listed below:

  • Access violation during scan of Active Directory with hierarchical structure of domains

Version 4.0 (December 4, 2009)

Brand new look

The application comes with a brand new visual interface. Briefly, it was totally reorganized to simplify typical workflows and represent information using modern and elegant style. In addition to visual changes, such as Ribbon bar, skinning and new icons set, the new interface is focused on multi-tasking. This feature allows you to work with the application and review execution log or make schedule changes, for example, while scheduled tasks are executed on background.

Simplified remote task management

All steps required for task configuration and scheduling were combined into one step. Now when you create a new task you have to follow a simple wizard that helps you to select a remote action, execution date, time and recurrence options, as well as select target PCs and configure execution options. Following wizard's instructions you can configure and schedule remote task in just few moments.

Extended scheduling

Scheduling management was significantly improved to provide more flexibility and visualization. Now scheduling is similar to MS Outlook planning and scheduling control. In a scalable scheduling area you can see scheduled tasks and move them to change launch conditions. A recurrence option set was extended - in this version you can use different recurrence patterns and set termination conditions.

Operations cancellation on remote side

Most remote operations now have an option to allow operation's cancellation on the remote side. You can use this option, for example, to schedule an automatic shutdown for all desktops. If some desktops are in use, users can cancel a shutdown and continue their work.

New network engine

This version comes with a brand new network engine. It is able to extract data from the Active Directory. As the result, network scanning takes just few moments even for large networks and always provide up-to-date information about the network structure, including organization units and all computers. Other network operations were optimized as well in order to be launched in parallel and minimize execution time.

Custom PCs grouping

If you need to execute remote operations on different groups of PCs and hierarchical network structure that represents network organization in the Active Directory isn't enough for you, you can create custom groups in a special Custom Grouping tree. You can create as many groups as you need and can add computers to these groups. Adding on the same computer into different groups is allowed.

Flexible running task management

When remote operations are executed, you can see the progress on the Task Manager tab. You can not only check the current execution state and the overall progress, but also can terminate operation. Operations are represented hierarchically, so you can terminate a low-level operation, for example execution on a particular PC, or terminate a high-level operation and terminate execution on an entire domain.

Detailed task execution results

You can get the detailed information about execution state of every task on the Task Execution Results tab. The information is grouped by task's execution date and time and includes status for every PC. So you can easily check where task was executed successfully and where it was failed.

Customizable application log

This version has a brand new logging system. Now application log contains information about all executed operations. If operation is failed, the log message explains the reason and provides tips how to resolve the problem. Using settings located in Preferences dialog, you can configure log to display only messages with defined level, for example, only errors. Also you can configure time bounds for displayed messages and auto-cleaning rules.

New remote operations

A set of supported remote operations was extended and now includes Hibernate and Sleep operations. Hibernate operation writes memory content to the hard drive and turn PC off. Sleep operation switches PC to the standby mode for energy saving.

Multiple databases

You can save different power plans in different databases and quickly switch between them to change a power plan. The database stores tasks, schedules and network information. You can create as many databases, as you need to save different tasks and schedules.

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