IT Asset Management

The newly introduced IT Asset Management functionality in the Auto Shutdown Manager Management Console provides IT administrators and managers with an up-to-date view of all the important assets in their IT environment.

The number of installed licenses, numbers of deployed PC models, driver versions / dates, and many other aspects of your IT environment can be swiftly displayed and easily examined.

Asset data is read directly from the clients and is automatically updated on the server.

 

Assets Overview

You can switch between viewing all, physical or virtual assets.

EnviProt Asset Management Overview of Physical and Virtual Assets

 Clicking on any individual asset category will list all the clients with that asset.

 

You can also drill-down into client details; clicking on any category, for example Microsoft Windows Server 2016, will list all clients with that OS installed:

EnviProt Asset Management helps to find PCs by installed  OS

 

Full Reports

Full reports deliver more specific data of any selected asset category. For example, the full report for Operating Systems shows how many licenses of each OS are installed and lists all the different builds as well as versions:

Asset Management delivers full reports with details about os, pc models, printers, monitors etc

 

Asset details of individual clients

In a similar way to selecting an asset you also can also pick an individual client and see all the available asset details for that system. To do so, simply navigate to Client Overview, right click on a client of interest and select Client Assets:Asset Management delivers all details per client such as os, pc models, installed  printer drivers, monitors etc.

 

This opens a new dialog with all available assets for this client:

Asset Management delivers all hardware details per client

In the Software tab, you can search for any software by name, version or vendor.:

Asset Management delivers all software details per client

You can also find components, such as hot-fixes. Equally importantly, another useful feature is to show all clients where a specific software version or an important hot-fix is missing:

AM MMC CO ClientAssetDetails SW Missing

 

 

Control what you see

IT Asset Management can be turned on or off for any individual policy group or to all groups. Simply navigate to Groups and Settings -> Administration:

Enable Asset Management in Group Settings

 

Assets supported

Currently, the reports contain basic information of the following assets:

• BIOSes ($am.bios) incl. TPM Chip
• Computer Models ($am.pcmodel)
• Computer Types (Desktops, Mobile, Servers, Workstations,…) ($am.pcmodel.Type)
• CPUs ($am.cpu)
• Hard drives ($am.nic)
• Installed Software ($am.soft)
• Monitors ($am.monitor)
• Motherboards ($am.mb)
• Network Interface Controllers ($am.nic)
• Operating Systems ($am.os)
• Printers ($am.printer)
• Video Controllers ($am.vc)

 

Further features

Clients can be found by specifying custom asset parameters.

For example, suppose you wished to find all network drivers older than 10 years. You can easily do this by entering a search filter starting with $am., (standing for IT Asset Management) followed by an asset category, for example NIC (network interface controller) followed by the asset detail, for example "DriverDate":

EnviProt Asset Management helps to find PCs with outdated drivers

 

Example Windows 11 TPM:
for the upcoming Windows 11, find all clients that do offer the required TPM (Trusted Platform Module) support.
To find out, navigate to "Client Overview" and enter the following filter: $am.bios.TPM_Exists = yes or $am.bios.TPM_specVersion = [2-9]*
All clients that support TPM will be shown. With $am.bios.TPM_Exists = no , all clients that do not support TPM will be shown.
Open the client asset details to get more details such as if TPM is enabled, the TPM version, the supported TPM Spec version and more.

 

Requirements:

An installed MS SQL database is required. We recommend MS SQL 2012 (Express) or newer. For
simple step-by-step instructions, see the Auto Shutdown Manager manual.

Auto Shutdown Manager version 5.7.3.24 or later must be installed on both the clients and the server.

 

A major new benefit

IT Asset Management brings a new level of benefit to Auto Shutdown Manager. The necessity of visiting a system in situ to examine software or patch versions is vastly reduced if not eliminated altogether. Regular updates of asset registers become a pleasure not a chore and the time saved can be spent more productively.

This valuable new feature is covered by the Auto Shutdown Manager Version 5 license and does not require any license upgrades for current customers.

 

WEB Based WOL PORTALS

 

There are two different WOL Portals available - boths FREE

In order to optimally support the different WOL requirements of our customers, there are two different Wake On LAN portals, both of which are hosted on the customer's own intranet.

If configured correctly, WOL allows computers to be woken up from sleep mode (standby / hibernation) as well as computers that have been completely shut down.

 

The Basic WOL Portal is a very simple portal, suitable for non-critical use in the intranet with few users.

The Advanced WOL Portal is a more complex WOL portal which authenticates users using Active Directory and only allows assigned computers to be woken up.

Both WOL portals are based on Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) and serve as a supplement to an existing Auto Shutdown Manager infrastructure. Both can be used by our customers free of charge.

 

The Advanced WOL Portal

To be able to use this portal, a user must first authenticate himself with a valid domain user name and password.

advWOLPortalLogin

 

In addition, the WOL Portal administrator must first assign and activate the users and the desired computers.

advWOLPortalMGR

 

Now users can simply wake up the computers assigned to them with a click:

advWOLPortalWOL

 

The  Advanced WOL portal software incl. the installation guide is available free of charge and can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Basic WOL Portal

This basic WOL Portal  is typically operated withn the company's intranet. In the simplest case, users only need the portal address and the FQDN name of their workstation.

 

The wakeup is then handled  using the required Auto Shutdown Manager Server.

 

The administrator is free at any time to centrally allow or disallow portal based wake-up calls.

A password can be specified for the wake-up call.

Computers that should not be woken up via the portal can be blocked using an exception list. Individual computers can be listed, or REGEX-based expressions can also be used. More details and examples can be found in the instructions included with the download.

 

You can find  more techical information about  Wake ON Lan setup and examples here.

 

The Basic  WOL portal software incl. the installation guide is available free of charge and can be downloaded here.

Raspberry Pi as WOL Proxy

Raspberry Pi as WoL Proxy

Auto Shutdown Manager Server supports Wake on LAN (WoL) on remote networks by using so-called directed broadcasts or WoL proxies. Because of the potential security issues of directed broadcasts, WoL proxies are the technology of choice in almost all scenarios when it comes to waking remote computers located outside of the local network.RaspberryPi

 

Every computer that runs the Auto Shutdown Manager client can be used as a WoL proxy. In many cases, small PCs or local servers running 24/7 can do the job on remote locations.

 

 

However, if no such server or PC is available, you now can use one of the affordable and low-power consuming Raspberry Pi® devices.

Raspberry Pi as WOL Proxy

 

Download the software and a short manual here.

 

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   Case Study: US School District Wakes up 8500 PCs on 47 campuses...

WOL for VMs

WoL VMs– Start virtual machines based on the corresponding WoL Magic Packet (Release 5.0.5.21 or higher)


When this option is enabled, Auto Shutdown Manager will analyze incoming WoL Magic Packages and compare the coded MAC address with those of the known virtual machines. When they match, Auto Shutdown Manager then starts the corresponding VM automatically.

 wol vms

WOL Proxies

Wake on LAN proxies – wake up remote PCs without using directed broadcasts.

 

Why WOL proxies

The WOL protocol only allows computers to be woken up in the local IP segment.
In order to enable remote computers to be woken up across network segments and even the Internet, the Auto Shutdown Manager Server  offers two technically completely different approaches: Directed Broadcasts and WOL Proxies.

 

Directed broadcasts

The wake-up packets are sent directly to the endpoint router and triggered there as local broadcasts. However, this procedure is not permitted in most companies for security reasons.

 

WOL proxies

In practice, WOL proxies are used in the vast majority of cases. For this purpose, a computer or a device that supports Java, such as the Raspberry Pi, is configured in the remote network segment for continuous operation (24/7) and, if required, is instructed by the Auto Shutdown Manager server to wake up any computer that is relatively local to it via Wake On LAN. For example, it makes sense to use computers that are in continuous operation anyway (e.g. local servers) - or computers with the lowest possible energy consumption. In the case of smaller networks, this is easy to solve manually; for larger and more complex networks, the automatic generation of WOL proxies described below is useful.

WOLPROXY20

 

Automatic WOL proxy generation and monitoring

The aim of the automatic WOL proxy generation, optimization, monitoring and maintenance is to ensure that the WOL server operates as reliable and maintenance-free as possible. The analysis can be run daily or according to your own schedule in order to identify changes in the network promptly and, if necessary, to optimize the selection of the WOL proxies fully automatically. 

 

How the automatic WOL proxy generator works

The automatic search for suitable computers as WOL proxy takes place on the basis of a fully automatic analysis of the entire network infrastructure, including the computer types, their current runtimes, group membership and other settings, which are described below. The administrator can exclude unwanted computer types such as notebooks or purely virtual machines. Certain network segments can also be excluded from automatic proxy generation.
A filter allows entire groups to be excluded or treated as preferred. Preference is given to clients that are always on anyway.
A typical example of preferred groups are servers, if they have to run 24/7.

The administrators still have the option of manually determining individual network segments and WOL proxies. The administrator selection has the highest priority and is taken into account in the automatic generation and optimization.
In addition, the administrators have the option of defining a minimum segment size - otherwise it might not make sense to generate WOL proxies for very small segments with only 2 ... 3 clients.
If Raspberries or similar devices with the corresponding EnviProt WOL proxy drivers are used, these are automatically recognized and preferably entered as proxies.

A preview function gives administrators the opportunity to view the results in advance. For this, the generated proxy list is output as an Excel-compatible CSV file.

 

Optimization

During the network analysis, care is taken to optimize the number of WOL proxies to a minimum. This is achieved by detecting redundant subnets.

Example:

Network A is recognized as redundant and no WOL proxy is generated for it, as all clients can also be reached from network B.

WOLAG op1

 

On the other hand, it tries to determine computers that can serve several subnets.
Example:

Computer R1 would be selected here because, as a WOL proxy, it can serve all three network segments:

WOLAG op2

 

Reliability

If a WOL proxy PC fails , the Auto Shutdown Manager server tries to find another currently running PC in the target network segment and promote it as a temporary WOL proxy. If the original WOL proxy PC does not respond for a certain period of time, it will automatically be replaced by the next best candidate. This guarantees a seamless and reliable WOL infrastructure without any administrative effort

 

Here you can find some more technical details and examples for Directed Broadcasts and for WOL Proxies.

Try Auto Shutdown Manager's WOL proxies to achieve the most reliable WoL solution across all your networks and VLANs.

 

 

 

MECM/SCCM® Plugin

Are you looking for professional and reliable Wake on LAN and Remote Shutdown solutions that are integrated seamlessly into your MECM ( SCCM) installation? Then you're in the right place!
Auto Shutdown Manager supports WoL and Remote Shutdown to devices and device collections across entire networks, IP segments, VLANs, and even the Internet.

 

Starting with Auto Shutdown Manager Release 5.0.7.8 EnviProt offers a plugin for the MECM: Microsoft® Endpoint Configuration Manager  (known before as SCCM: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager©).

Very simple installation:

Reliable WOL for SCCM

Plugin Installed:

sccm plugin2 ng

 

The plugin supports all WoL (Wake on LAN) capabilities offered by the Auto Shutdown Manager Server, such as local broadcasts, directed broadcasts and WoL proxies to enable the waking of clients or collections over IP segments, VLANs, and the Internet.

 

The plugin also supports all remote shutdown and remote sleep modes offered by the Auto Shutdown Manager Server, such as Standby, Hibernate, Restart, Shutdown, and Log Off Users. All modes are applicable to individual clients or collections.

 

WoL MECM/SCCM Deployments via Auto Shutdown Manager Server

The MECM/SCCM-Plugin also supports an integrated Application Deployment Scanner that automatically transfers MECM/SCCM schedules to the Auto Shutdown Manager Server for reliable WoL. Supported are schedules for application deployments and updates, as well as packages. All needed data is read via WMI, no further configuration is required.


An application deployment as scheduled in MECM/SCCM (UTC-based):

SCCM based software deployment scheule

 

This deployment transferred into the Auto Shutdown Manager Server WoL Scheduler with the time zone corrected.

SCCM based software deployment processed in Auto Shutdown Manager WOL Scheduler


 More details can be found in the manual. Get your free 45-day trial release. Get it here now!

  

*) Microsoft, MECM/SCCM and Windows are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

 

Reliable Wake On LAN

Leading PC Power Management Software "Auto Shutdown Manager" not only allows for the intelligent shutdown of computers, laptops, and servers but also for powering them via Wake on LAN over different network segments and VLANs - even over the Internet.

 

The PC Power Management solution "Auto Shutdown Manager", known for reliable energy savings in professional environments, has been enhanced in the new version by important functions in the area of enterprise Wake-On-LAN. One of the innovations is the introduction of WOL proxiesWOL Proxies come into play where directed broadcasts are not working or are not allowed to be used. The administrator can declare computers in remote locations that are already in continuous 24/7 operation to act as WoL proxies for the local network. The central Auto Shutdown Manager Server then uses the WoL proxies to wake computers in the corresponding locations. A wake-up command to the corresponding WoL proxy is send instead of a WoL broadcast. Thus, the Wake on LAN technology can be controlled centrally and used across the enterprise and subsidiaries without having to configure the firewalls and routers.

 

 

RaspWOL

 

Moreover, a Wake on WAN (WOW) tool allows users on the road or from their home offices to turn on computers at the company and keep them running as long as they needed them.


Finally, the integration into the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) supports Wake On LAN for SCCM based software deployments and updates. Individual computers or entire computer collections can be woken or shut down, rebooted, or put into a power saving mode directly from the Configuration Manager Console.


More details and setup examples about Wake On Lan


About EnviProt:

EnviProt is a leading Green-IT Software vendor. Headquartered in Germany, EnviProt conducts business worldwide.
The flagship product, Auto Shutdown Manager, is a Windows Service based, centrally managed and network-enabled professional PC Power Management solution for enterprises, public sectors, educational institutions and NPOs, which helps to save money and to increase security.

Auto Shutdown Manager allows for the intelligent startup of needed computers and the shutting down of unused computers - unlike other solutions, it does not interrupt working users or productive systems.
Auto Shutdown Manager is a proven technology that is used by thousands of customers from all over the world.

 

 

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