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Old 04-18-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Question Power Management on a "server"

I say "server" in quotes because while the machine is in fact a Dell Poweredge 400SC box, I am basically using it as a jumbo hard drive (2 x 1 TB drives). I access it with ssh from Linux boxes and Samba from Windows PCs. At the moment I do not access it frequently. So I am wondering if I can safely configure it to go to sleep unless needed - I used to work for the power company, I didn't own it :-)

The "server" is running Ubuntu 8.0.4 - the normal PC install, not the server kernel. I access it remotely with VNC (x11vnc on the box not vino). I don't have a monitor attached so I am not wasting any power there. However, I do not have a keyboard attached either so I am wondering if it will wake up if I try to access it with VNC or ssh or a Samba connection?

I will probably just try - worst that can happen is that I have to hard cycle it - but I would appreciate any input before I break it.



p.s. Wondoze will shut down the hard drives when not needed. I do not see this option in Gnome. Is the such a capability?
Old 04-20-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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I'd say check Wake-on-LAN as it appears to be the best solution that comes to my mind. I don't have any experience with it though.


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