Power Management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager addresses the need that many organizations have to monitor and reduce the power consumption of their computers. The feature takes advantage of the power management features built into Windows to apply relevant and consistent settings to computers in the organization. You can apply different power settings to computers during business hours and nonbusiness hours. For example, you might want to apply a more restrictive power plan to computers during nonbusiness hours. In cases where computers must always remain turned on, you can prevent power management settings from being applied.

Power management in Configuration Manager includes several reports to help you analyze power consumption and computer power settings in your organization. You can also use the reports to help you troubleshoot problems with power management.

For a detailed workflow about how to configure and use power management, see Administrator Checklist for Power Management in Configuration Manager.

Configuration Manager power management is not supported on virtual machines. You cannot apply power plans to virtual machines, nor can you or report power data from them.

The Power Management Workflow

Use the following three phases to plan and implement power management in Configuration Manager.

Monitoring and Planning Phase

Enforcement Phase

Compliance Phase

What’s New in Configuration Manager

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