Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | ConfigMgr | SCCM

In this post, you will learn how to configure Power Management in Configuration Manager. SCCM Power Management 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.

Power management in Configuration Manager, aka SCCM, enables you to apply power plans to collections of computers in your hierarchy. Configuration Manager defines several power plans, or you can create your own custom power plans. You can apply different power settings to computers during business hours and non-business hours.

Power Management Prerequisites

  • Client computers must support the required power states – To use all features of power management, client computers must support the sleep, hibernate, wake from sleep, and wake from hibernate actions. You can use the Power Capabilities report to determine if computers can support these actions.
  • You must enable power management in Configuration Manager before you can create and monitor power plans.

Take a Note

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

You can only apply Configuration Manager power plans to device collections. If a computer is a member of multiple collections, each with different power plans, then the following actions happen:

Power plan: If the policy applies multiple values for power settings on a computer, it uses the least restrictive value.
Wakeup time: If the policy applies multiple wakeup times to a desktop computer, it uses the time closest to midnight.
  • Power settings configured by using group policy will override settings configured by Configuration Manager power management. You need to review any applied group policy power settings before you apply from SCCM.

Enable and Configure Power Management Client Setting

  • In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Administration workspace, select the Client Settings node, select Default Client Settings, and select Properties.

Important 🔰- When you change the default client settings, these settings are applied to all clients in the hierarchy. If you want to apply settings to just some devices, create or configure custom client settings and deploy to collections that override the default client settings when you assign them to collections.

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  • Select the Power Management group.
  • Allow power management of devices, Select Yes to enable power management on clients.
  • Configure the following additional Power management settings as needed. For more details, refer to Client settings Power management.

Allow users to exclude their device from power management - Choose Yes to let users of Software Center exclude their computer from any configured power management settings.

Allow network wake-up - When you enable this setting, the client configures the power settings on the computer to allow the network adapter to wake up the device. If you disable this setting, the computer's network adapter can't wake up the device.

Enable wake-up proxy - Specify Yes to supplement the site's Wake On LAN setting, when it's configured for unicast packets.

Wake-up proxy port number (UDP) - The port number that clients use to send wake-up packets to sleeping computers. Keep the default port 25536, or change the number to a value of your choice.

Wake On LAN port number (UDP) - Keep the default value of 9, unless you've changed the Wake On LAN (UDP) port number on the Ports tab of the site Properties.

Windows Defender Firewall exception for wake-up proxy - The Configuration Manager client automatically configures the wake-up proxy port number on devices that run Windows Defender Firewall. Select Configure to specify the firewall profiles.

If clients run a different firewall, manually configure it to allow the Wake-up proxy port number (UDP).

IPv6 prefixes if required for DirectAccess or other intervening network devices. Use a comma to specify multiple entries - Enter the necessary IPv6 prefixes for wake-up proxy to function on your network.
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM

Create and Apply Power Plan

Let’s follow the steps below to create and apply power plan –

  • In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Assets and Compliance workspace.
  • In the Assets and Compliance workspace, select the Device Collections node.
  • In the Device Collections list, choose the collection to which you want to apply power management settings—Right-click on the selected collection and select Properties.
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
  • In Collection Properties, Click on the Power Management tab of the collection. By default, you will get the below options.
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
  • Under Configure power management settings for this collection, select Specify power management settings for this collection.
  • Specify the Start and End time for peak (or business) hours. For example – 9 AM to 5 PM.
  • For Peak or Non-Peak plan: You can also select from the built-in power plans: Balanced (ConfigMgr)High Performance (ConfigMgr), and Power Saver (ConfigMgr).

Customized Peak (ConfigMgr) or Customized Non-peak (ConfigMgr) power plan – Select this option if you want to configure a custom power plan for business\Non-business hours.

  • To specify when a desktop computer wakes from sleep or hibernate, Enable Wakeup time (desktop computers). When the client wakes up, it can install scheduled software updates or other deployments.
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM

The following power management settings available in Configuration Manager. Select View to display the properties of each power plan.

Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM

You can configure separate settings for when the computer is plugged in or running on battery power.

NameDescription
Turn off display after (minutes)Specifies the length of time, in minutes, that the computer must be inactive before the display is turned off. If you don’t want power management to turn off the display, specify a value of 0.
Sleep after (minutes)Specifies the length of time, in minutes, that the computer must be inactive before it enters sleep. If you don’t want the device to sleep, specify a value of 0.
Require a password on wakeupYes specifies that a user has to unlock the computer when it wakes up.
Power button actionSpecifies the action when you press the computer’s power button: Do nothingSleepHibernate, or Shut down.
Start menu power buttonSpecifies the action when you press the computer’s Start menu power button: SleepHibernate, or Shut down.
Sleep button actionSpecifies the action when you press the computer’s Sleep button: Do nothingSleepHibernate, or Shut down.
Lid close actionSpecifies the action when the user closes the lid of a portable computer: Do nothingSleepHibernate, and Shut down.
Turn off hard disk after (minutes)Specifies the length of time, in minutes, that the computer’s hard disk must be inactive before it’s turned off. If you don’t want power management to turn off the computer’s hard disk, specify a value of 0.
Hibernate after (minutes)Specifies the length of time, in minutes, that the computer must be inactive before it hibernates. If you don’t want the device to hibernate, specify a value of 0.
Low battery actionSpecifies the action when the computer’s battery reaches the specified low battery notification level: Do nothingSleepHibernate, or Shut down.
Critical battery actionSpecifies the action when the computer’s battery reaches the specified critical battery notification level. When it’s on batterySleepHibernate, or Shut down. When it’s plugged inDo nothingSleepHibernate, or Shut down.
Allow hybrid sleepOn specifies that Windows saves a hibernation file when it enters sleep. If there’s a power loss while it’s asleep, Windows uses this file to restore the computer’s state.

Hybrid sleep is designed for desktop computers. By default, it’s not enabled on portable computers. Enabling hybrid sleep disables the hibernate functionality.
Allow standby state when sleeping actionOn enables the computer to be on standby. This state still consumes some power, but enables the computer to wake faster. If this setting is Off, the computer can only hibernate or turn off.
Required idleness to sleep (%)Specifies the percentage of idle time on the computer processor time required for the computer to enter sleep. For computers running Windows 7 and alter, this value is always 0.
Enable Windows wake up timer for desktop computersSet Enable to enable the built-in Windows timer to wake a desktop computer. When this timer wakes a desktop computer, it stays awake for 10 minutes by default. This time period allows the client to install any updates or to receive policy.

Wakeup timers aren’t supported on portable computers. This behavior prevents scenarios where they might wake when they’re on limited battery power.
Available Power Plan Settings in Configuration Manager | SCCM
  • If you want to configure a custom power plan for business hours, select Customized Peak (ConfigMgr) from the Peak plan list, and then select Edit.
In Customized Peak (ConfigMgr) power plan properties, configure the following settings:

Name: Specify a name for this power plan or use the supplied default value.
Description: Specify an optional description to further describe the plan in the console.
Specify the properties for this power plan from available power plan settings

  • Select OK to save and close the power plan properties.
  • Select Apply and OK to save, close the collection properties, and to apply the power plan.
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
  • If you want to configure a power plan for non-business hours, select Customized Non-Peak (ConfigMgr) from the Non-peak plan list and select Edit.
In Customized Non-Peak (ConfigMgr) power plan properties, configure the following settings:

Name: Specify a name for this power plan or use the supplied default value.
Description: Specify an optional description to further describe the plan in the console.
Specify the properties for this power plan from available power plan settings
  • Select OK to save and close the power plan properties.
  • Select Apply and OK to save, close the collection properties, and to apply the power plan.
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM
Configure Power Management in Configuration Manager | SCCM

ConfigMgr Power Management Reports 

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.

There are Eighteen(18) out-of-box power management reports available as part of Configuration Manager SSRS reports. More you can check about ConfigMgr Reports Power Management | Default | SCCM

In next part, You will see how to exclude a collection of computers from power management and more!

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