Change Log: Release information

New Release 5.5.3.21 - July 2018

The Auto Shutdown Manager GUI und Service now start faster on Windows 10 after a system restart.

 

!PLEASE NOTE!: WHEN UPDATING TO THIS RELEASE, PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ALL CLIENTS ARE AT LEAST AT RELEASE 5.2.3.2 (Build April 2016) or newer

 

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Release 5.5.3.18 - Build Mai 2018

 

New minor feature added:

Now, when starting the AutoShutdownManager.exe while it is already running the GUI is shown.

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Release 5.5.3.15 - Build Mai 2018

This is a bug fixing release. 

Clients that were not assigned to a group and if the "Default Group" wasn't set, the clients were not visible in Client Structure.

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Release 5.5.3.14 - Build April 2018

This is a bug fixing release. 

Auto Group Assignment Filters for Active Directory Groups (@ADGROUP:) did not work in some circumstances.
Some other smaller bugs were also fixed.

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Release 5.5.2.9 - Build March 2018

This is a bug fixing release for 5.5.2.8, which should be urgently installed.
Background: With 5.5.2.8, there was a file missing called “asdm_ds_s.xml”
This file was used in previous versions prior to 5.5.2.8. The previous release 5.5.2.8 expects it to be within the installation folder. If it is missing, saving of client changes, group assignments, licensing data and others will not work properly or could be event reset to default values. 

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Release 5.5.2.8 - Build March 2018

New feature added.
File Scanner: reads external XML based job files to automatically schedule WoL plans, delete or move clients, and add or remove WoL-Proxies.
For more details please see the manual at page 75. Manual: https://www.enviprot.com/Software/AutoS ... lV5_en.pdf


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Release 5.5.0.13 - Build October 2017

In a mixed environment of .NET3.5 and .NET4x based clients some older clients possibly didn’t update setting changes made on a server running the previous release 5.5.0.12. This update solves this issue. It needs to be installed on the server only. Updating the clients isn't necessary. 

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Release 5.5.0.12 - Build July 2017

Starting with the Auto Shutdown Manager release 5.5 the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.x is required for new installations. 
Updates to clients with the .NET Framework 3.5 only are supported via the internal Auto Shutdown Manager Update Manager.
For more information please see: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1680


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Release 5.4.1.9 - Build June 2017

Minor internal fix to improve saving of client data.


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Release 5.4.1.8 - Build May 2017

+ Performance and stability update: tested with over 30.000 clients per server
+ Support for Raspberry Pi as WOL Proxy
+ WOL Proxy Monitor: automatically monitor and wake up WOL proxies
+ Support for Server Core installations (gui and management console can be made visible via new command line option)
+ Minor Bugs fixed


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Release 5.4.1.7 - Build April 2017

+ Performance and stability update: tested with over 30.000 clients per server
+ Support for Raspberry Pi as WOL Proxy
+ WOL Proxy Monitor: automatically monitor and wake up WOL proxies
+ Support for Server Core installations (gui and management console can be made visible via new command line option)

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Release 5.3.2.4 - Build Dezember 2016
This update includes several internal optimizations and improvements.
New search- and timing filters in Clients Overview and Client Structure
Turn off the display after computer was locked 
Lock computer after the turning off the display 


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Release 5.2.3.2 - Build April 2016

New Wake On LAN feature: FileScanner
Now, the Wake on Lan Scheduler on an Auto Shutdown Manager Server can process so called WOL Job files containing information about the timing, recurrence, weekdays, expire timing and lists of PCs to schedule and wake remote PCs. The WOL job files are plain text files following an easy XML format that is explained in the manual. 

SCCM Bridge doens't open: 
The SCCM Bridge didn’t open in some environments. This was a bug and it is fixed now.

Others:
Few other minor fixes and improvements


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Release 5.2.2.9 - Build February 2016
SCCM:
Packages: added support for Package deployment WOL schedules . Now Auto Shutdown Manager Server can be used to wake (WOL = Wake on LAN) SCCM based deployments of Applications,Updates and Packages.
SCCM Bridge optimized: now the SCCM bridge is able to limit the deplyoments to a few days in ahead, this reduces the overall overhead. 


VM:
Fixed VMware Workstation 12Pro support (start, suspend and WOL virtual machines). Start or suspend selected VMs together with the host – or automatically wake VMs per WOL (via magic packet broadcast).

Others news and fixes:
Auto saving of open MS Office documents before shut down:
Added support for MS Project documents. Now, Auto Shutdown Manager can save open Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Visio and Projekt documents before shutting down or suspending the system. Documents can be saved back to their origin or as a local copy.
Some smaller fixes in the user interface


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Release 5.0.9.14 - Build November 2015
Fixed: WOL Scheduler Exceptions Days.


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Release 5.0.9.12 - Build November 2015
Fixed Windows 10 Timing issues at startup.


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Release 5.0.9.5 - Build September 2015
Fixed SCCM WOL issue for SCCM collections which contain clients not connected to ASDM.
Now WOL is executed correctly for these collections too, and reports can be found in the Management Console -> Client Monitor.

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Release 5.0.9.3 - Build August 2015
Fixed timeout problem at startup for Windows 10
Changed code signatures from SHA1 to SHA256
Improved auto configuration for installed applications

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Release 5.0.8.27 - Build June 2015
Added WOL for Windows Update Plans to SCCM WOL Application Deployment Scanner. In addition to application deployments, now, the Auto Shutdown Manager Server also wakes PCs based on the Windows Update Plans defined in SCCM.

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Release 5.0.8.26 - Build June 2015
SCCM WOL Application Deployment Scanner bug fixes and efficiency improvements

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Release 5.0.8.18 - Build Mai 2015
Key news and functions:
Own Tool (or Application) can now be executed by a time rule to display own messages or just to be started. The application is started in the context of the currently logged on user. Enter the complete application path into the message field of a Display Message Time Rule. Parameters can be added after the application path. Path names with white spaces should be enclosed within quotation marks “”

Mass changes of Remote WOL Address and Remote WOL Port within the Management Console -> Client Details added.


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Release 5.0.8.3 - Build April 2015
Key news and functions:
WOL for SCCM Application Deployments: WOL via Auto Shutdown Manager now only wakes PCs that are in the selected SCCM Collection. Other PCs that belong to the same Auto Shutdown Manager group won’t be awoken.

(BETA)Own Tool (or Application) can now be executed by a time rule to display messages or just to be started. The application is started in the context of the currently logged on user.
Enter the complete application path into the message field of a Display Message Time Rule. Parameters can be added after the application path. Path names with white spaces should be enclosed within quotation marks “”


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Release 5.0.7.16 - Build April 2015
Key news and functions:
Added filters into Client Monitor (Management Console, only usable with Database). 


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Release 5.0.7.14 - Build March 2015
Key news and functions:
Added SCCM Application Deployment Scanner. 
Now, the Auto Shutdown Manager Server can be used to process Wake On LAN (using the reliable Auto Shutdown Manager WOL infrastructure incl. WOL Proxies, etc.) scheduled by SCCM application deployments (German: Anwendungsbereitstellungen).
Optional: Anotehr SMS Provider can now be added
Optional: further ASDM Server addresses can now be provided

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Release 5.0.6.10 - Build January 2015
This update has some internal optimizations and improvements.


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Release 5.0.6.6 - Build December 2014
Fixed SCCM Plugin - Default installation path can now be changed correctly
Remote Shutdown of PC-Groups can now be performed form an admin PC other than the ASDM Server. For example a teacher PC can now restart or shutdown all student PCs in the same room.
Some other smaller fixes and improvments.


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Release 5.0.5.28 - Build August 2014
Some fixes for display handling.

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Release 5.0.5.21 - Build June 2014
New functions and features include

WOL for VMs (BETA). 
Now Auto Shutdown Manager can start VMs when a WOL Magic Packet was received. The virtual machine is identified based on the coded MAC address within the Magic Packet and automatically started like if it was a physical PC.
VMware Player is now also supported to start virtual machines.
More details: http://www.enviprot.com/home-all/90-pre ... ol-for-vms

SCCM 2012R2 Plugin Integration:
Auto Shutdown Manager now comes with a Plugin for the Microsoft System Center 2012R2 Configuration Manager©. This PlugIn allows the shutdown and Wake-On-LAN (WOL) of individual PCs or entire collections via the Auto Shutdown Manager Server. This is very helpful to use all the configured WOL capacities like Directed Broadcasts or WOL Proxies within the Auto Shutdown Manager Server to achive a working and reliable WOL system across various IP Networks, VLANs or even the Interent directly from the SCCM Console.
More details: http://www.enviprot.com/home-all/90-pre ... r2-plug-in

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Release 5.0.3.6 - Build March 2014
Added some fixes to the user interface.


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Release 5.0.2.29 - Build March 2014
New feature added: Wake On Lan Proxy (WoL Proxy).
This feature is helpful in order to wake up PCs via WOL in different IP Segments or VLANs when directed broadcasts can’t be used. In this case one WOL Proxy PC per segment can be setup and kept on running 24/7. Auto Shutdown Manager Server then redirects WoL commands depending on the IP address of the Client to a particular WoL Proxy PC where a local broadcast is being generated. 
Some smaller modifications of the user interface were implemented.

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Release 5.0.2.15 - Build January 2014
Some minor fixes and handling improvments. 

More details about new features and upgrades for Release 4 customers can be found here: http://www.enviprot.com/free-downloads- ... ation.html

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Release 5.0.0.100 - Build November 2013

Fixed issues around detection of running applications on some systems.
TimeRules are more accurate now.
More details about new features and upgrades for current customers can be found here: http://www.enviprot.com/free-downloads- ... ation.html

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Release 5.0.0.62 - Build October 2013

Please note that this is the first Auto Shutdown Manager Release 5. 
More details about new features and upgrades for current customers can be found here: http://www.enviprot.com/free-downloads- ... ation.html

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Release 4.9.7.22 - Build February 2013

Several changes have been made to the initial setup and startup process of Auto Shutdown Manager after installation. 
Also, smaller bugs have been fixed.
If a PC Wakeup Time Rule is used to automatically wake up the PC at a specified time, Auto Shutdown Manager always checks if the Windows wake timers are enabled (Vista, Windows 7, Windowds 8, Server 2008R2, -2012) and enables them if needed. 

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Release 4.9.7.19 - Build October 2012

Now, Sound Analysis is also possible on x64 Systems
Added manual sorting for Auto Assignment Filter Rules. Now you can move the filters and so change the order of execution.

Modifications of the script (SaveUnsavedDocs.vbs) for automatic saving of open documents (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) before shutdown. Now more options can be used.
Options:
New Documents: Define a Home Drive directly or via an Environment variable where new documents should be saved. Default is a folder on users’ Desktop. File extensions changed to new Office format such as .docx, .xlsx, .pptx – but can be modified if needed.
Existing Documents: Write back to the original location (overwrite) or create a local copy

Some other smaller fixes and improvements.


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Release 4.9.7.11 - Build March 2012

Some small fixes


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Release 4.9.7.10 - Build November 2011

Small fix: now, the protocol writer is set enabled by default for new setting groups


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Release 4.9.7.9 - Build November 2011

Small fix for Windows 2000 - (fix multiple tray icons)


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Release 4.9.7.1 - Build September 2011

Features added/improved:

The Idle Timer can now be temporarily paused for a specified period in Minutes: 15, 25, 45, 60, 90, 120 or unlimited. The Icon switches to RED while the timer is disabled.

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Double-Click on currently running Applications (in the application tab) or processes (in the advanced tab) brings up a dialog with more details such as priority, location, ID etc. about the application or process – if available.

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Automatic provisioning after deployment of the Auto Shutdown Manager Clients (via server.ini) now also in pure service mode (w/o the need of logged in users for the first provisioning). (The Domain PCs require to have read rights to the deployment folder where the server.ini file is stored). The connection to the server happens automatically right after deployment. The clients can be automatically assigned to the right setting groups and so configured fully automatically. This is especially very useful to deploy and configure hundreds or thousands of clients within a few minutes.

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Old outdated One Time Time-rules are deleted automatically

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Proxy settings are used automatically now if configured within the IE or system proxy settings. 

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Command Line Support for Wake On Wan (WoW) Client added (Server, Client, Port)

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General bug fixes and improvements


More details & a free evaluation download under http://www.enviprot.com

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Release 4.9.6.16 - Build June 2011

This release fixes some compatibility issues with older Auto Shutdown Manager Clients.

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Release 4.9.6.11 - Build May 2011

Fix: Management Console -> Client Structure slow on some standalone systems w/o Active Directory.

+New Experimental feature added for Provisioning Environments.
In provisioning and image based environments such as XEN Provisioning, Rembo and others the OS and its partitions get overwritten or reset each time on restart. 
In these environments, set the Client Unique ID to 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 after the client was installed to the image.
You'll find it within the file called AutoShutdownManager.ini in section UID=
Overwrite the old value with 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 - these is a number of zeros separated by the minus character: (8)-(4)-(4)-(4)-(12) 
In this case the server will generate an own UID for each client. 
Please note that this scenario requires all PC Names to be unique.


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Release 4.9.6.1 & 4.9.6.2 - Build May 2011

Auto Group Assignment 
This function allows automatic assignment of PCs to Power Management Policy settings. This can be done based on PC names and now also on Active Directory Attributes. Filters based on PC name and AD Attributes like pcname*, OU=Sales, DC=US can be built easily.

Report clients with technical problems
It’s very easy now to find clients with a power supply or thermal problem. In addition clients with a power management problem can be found now. This includes missing support for Standby and Hibernate.

Fix: Clients Overview showed wrong Physical Memory of some clients
Also, some minor bugs were fixed.


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Release 4.9.5.15 - Build March 2011
This is a maintenance release. 
Some minor bugs were fixed.


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Release 4.9.5.4 - Build January 2011

This is a major update release. Please note:
Update the server first and then use the Update Manager to update the entire client base. 
Please note that clients on this release require the same or newer release on the server. 
Older Clients will still work with this newest server release. 

More client details:
Windows 7 and Vista Clients now report more Hardware details such as Memory, CPUs, Vendor, their last Thermal State, Power Supply State or failure etc.

Display Management:
Display power management can now be influenced by running applications and performance counters. So for example you can avoid a dark screen while a Power Point Presentation is running or while watching a movie. On the other side, dark screen can be allowed during long internet downloads or backup processes.
Additionally several bugfixes were made.


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Release 4.9.1.6 - Build September 2010

The shutdown warning screen can be customized now. 
Now it's easy to add own title and additional information to the shutdown warning screen on clients.
This new settings can be configured per each PC Group in the management console -> Groups & Settings -> Administration


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Release 4.9.1.2 - Build August 2010

Switch Monitor on/off on Idle (this feature can be found in tab GENERAL)

Auto Shutdown Manager now also supports a command line interface to execute special commands while running.
Please see the supported commands and descriptions below:

Reload
Reload all settings

Reset
Reset the Timer

WolGroup „Group Name“
Wake-up all PCs in group “Group Name” via Wake On LAN.

WolPC PCName
Wake-up the PC PCName via Wake On LAN.
Please note that the notation fpr PCName must exactly resonate with the notation in the Management Console for this PC.
For example:
C:\Program Files\AutoShutdownManager\ AutoShutdownManager.exe wolpc mypc123.mydomain.local

ShutdownGroup „Group Name“ Mode
Shutdown all PCs in group “Group Name” to the shutdown mode Mode.
Mode stands for the following shutdown modes:
Standby, Hibernate, Shutdown, Restart, Logoff, Auto
“Auto” means that the configured default shutdown mode on each PC should be taken. However, the default shutdown mode can also be variable – configured by time rules depending on daytime or weekday for example such as Standby during daytimes and hibernate in the evenings.
Example:
C:\Program Files\AutoShutdownManager\ AutoShutdownManager.exe ShutdownGroup „Sales PCs“ shutdown

ShutdownPC PCName Mode
Shutdown the PC PCName into the shutdown mode Mode.
Mode stands for the following shutdown modes:
Standby, Hibernate, Shutdown, Restart, Logoff, Auto
“Auto” means that the configured default shutdown mode on each PC should be taken. However, the default shutdown mode can also be variable – configured by time rules depending on daytime or weekday for example such as Standby during daytimes and hibernate in the evenings.
Example:
C:\Program Files\AutoShutdownManager\ AutoShutdownManager.exe ShutdownPC DesktopPC123.mydomain

Pause
Stops the Countdown – Timer

Start
Starts the Countdown – Timer

Timer n
Sets the countdown time to n Minutes
n stands for a value between 2 and 180 Minutes
Example:
C:\Program Files\AutoShutdownManager\ AutoShutdownManager.exe Timer 45

Display on/off
Switch the display on or off
Example:
C:\Program Files\AutoShutdownManager\ AutoShutdownManager.exe display off


Shutdown Mode
Shut down the local PC into the shutdown mode Mode.
Mode stands for the following shutdown modes:
Standby, Hibernate, Shutdown, Restart, Logoff, Auto
AUTO means the default shutdown mode configured in the client or a variable time dependent Shutdown Mode configured via Time Rules will be taken.
This command could be very useful if you plan to create short cuts on the Desktop, e.g.: C:\Program Files\AutoShutdownManager Shutdown STANDBY.


How to use the command line commands:
Enter the command line commands like shown in the examples.
It could be useful creating shortcuts on the desktop with frequently used commands.
Example: C:\Program Files\AutoShutdownManager\ AutoShutdownManager.exe display off

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New release 4.8.3.16 - New build July 2010

Time Rules are now enabled by default on new installed clients (some customers frequently forgot to enable Time Rules by checking the gray checkbox in the Management Console -> Client Manager -> Groups & Settings -> Time Rules Settings - and so Time Rules were not executed on the clients)
New function added: Allow users to switch configuration groups on demand
The function „Selectable Groups for Clients” allows to define and populate different setting groups and make them selectable by users on the clients. 
This means that now users can be involved and can switch the setting group from a set of of preconfigured and pupulated groups by the administrator.
The new feature can be found in the Management Console -> Groups and Settings -> Administration -> Selectable Groups for Clients
Some bug fixes and corrections

Changes to the cost free light edition: Please note that the Counter Analysis functionality (Counters) isn't included into the cost free light edition anymore. Instead, the Scheduled Tasks analysis is. 


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New release 4.8.1.20 - New build June 2010
Corrections in the user interface design. 


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New release 4.8.1.10 - New build June

Management Console: 
usability and handling improvements

New Feature added - WoL Scheduler: 
Now, PC Groups can be awoken via WoL based on date/time and weekly or daily schedules. 
The new WoL Scheduler is part of the Maintenance Manager

Maintenance Mode: 
Now, Time Rules and local Shutdowns are overridden by the Maintenance Mode. This means that client PCs won't be shutdown as long as the administrator activated the Maintenance Mode. 

Some additional minor improvements and bug fixes.


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New release 4.7.3.28 - New build May 2010
A new feature called Auto Configurator was added to this release. 
The Auto Configurator analyses the system and adds performance counters and application entries automatically into the Auto Shutdown Manager configuration. 
This makes the overall configuration of the Auto Shutdown Manager much simpler – with just one click. The Auto Configurator is automatically executed during the very first start of Auto Shutdown Manager right after installation. 
However, Auto Configurator is not automatically executed on managend clients (clients connected to an Auto Shutdown Manager Server). The Auto Configurator can be executed manually on these clients – but this depends on the administrative settings.
EnviProt support will keep the configuration database up-to-date, so you can re-run the Auto Configurator from time to time to check for newer or optimized settings.


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New release 4.7.3.8
-New build March 2010
-WoW Client added (BETA)
The WoW (Wake on WAN) Client can be used to wake up a remote PC and keep it running as long as needed.
For example, if remote access from home office to an office desktop is required. For more details, see the newest manual.

-Modified timing for visual shutdown warnings
A shutdown initiated by the idle timer is warned 60 seconds before the shutdown gets executed.
Shutdowns initiated via Time Rules or remote shutdowns initiated by the administrator on the server are warned 90 seconds before execution.
The administrator can decide if the users should be warned at all – and if they may prevent and stop the shutdowns or not.

- A new Time Rule Action “Display a short message” added
With this time rule a message can be displayed to the users of a specified group. This is for example to warn users about a planned shutdown long before it really happens.

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New Release 4.6.9.10

- New build December 2009
- WOL. Now WOL is supported via directed broadcasts as well as via the Internet.
- New Sleep Mode: Logoff users automatically before the system enters the standby or hibernation shutdown mode
- Support of VMware Server 2 and higher
- Counters: more detailed analysis and a help button with detailed info about each counter added
- User data protection: added new script that automatically saves open documents (for now Word, Excel & PowerPoint) before shutdown.
- Auto Group Assignment: Assign PCs based on the PC name fragments to setting groups automatically.
- Performance and stability improvements as well as a improvements to the user interface
- Auto online updates
- Time Rules fixes
- Network wide deployment: issue via server.ini fixed

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New Release 4.5.9.9
- New build September 2009
- Log off current users before entering the Standby or Hibernate mode.
This function is helpful for security reasons. It automatically logs off users before the system is put into a sleep mode.
- Automatically save unsaved documents before shutdown
- Fixed protocol timing & reporting issues based on different culture settings (international)
- Some smaller GUI fixes
- Improved WOL timing
- Improved scalability to support hundreds and thousands of clients per server
- Optimized the Client Monitor (reporting about all clients status, uptimes, downtimes, power down, power up timings, savings etc.)
- Some other minor corrections
- Hidden Mode on client PCs (so now, the program icon can be made invisible on client PCs. This can be done in the management console on the server)

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New Release 4.5.8.64
- New Update build July 2009
- Some minor corrections
- Hidden Mode on client PCs

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New Release 4.5.8.78
- New Update build June 2009
This build is a consolidation of recent bug fixes
New Feature added:
- Expired Auto Shutdown Manager trail licenses are automatically switched into a free light editon. (free license for private use only)

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New Release 4.5.8.64
- New Update build May 2009
New Features added:
- Central Database support. Now, all client events and reports can be logged into a central database.
- Central report about the overall savings for all clients and servers
- Product icon now can be hidden on all clients or specified client groups
- Soft-Sleep-Mode: to avoid wakeup problems with some 3rd party Software