Add-ins & Apps

Lights-Out

Expertise Level: Standard

Lights-Out is a power management add-in that allows you to place your server in sleep or hibernation mode at scheduled times.

The add-in monitors a variety of sources for activity, and if they are powered on, your server will wake to ensure it’s available.

The server can be woken by:

  • Client PCs on the network
  • Calendar events
  • Games Consoles (e.g. Xbox 360)
  • Digital Media Receivers
  • Remote Access
  • Processes running on the Server
  • Files on the Server
  • CPU load on the Server
  • Network load on the  Server

Developer: Martin Rothschink

Download: Lights-Out (v2) | Documentation | Support

Release History

Service Pack 2 (24th April 2012)

  • Fixed MAC detection on server with bridged server NICs
  • Fixed unwanted client standby when started from shutdown for backup
  • Fixed problem with wake-up on client when no IPv4 route was available
  • Fixed remote access detection after IIS restart
  • Fixed handling of IP clients without a MAC
  • Fixed problem with incomplete xml data files
  • Fixed wrong date formatting in calendar for some regions like Japanese
  • Fixed wrong backup date when client backup is disabled
  • Fixed problem with deleted tasklist (delete was not handled, tasks were not removed)
  • Fixed bug in edit properties dialog
  • Fixed wrong listing of next calendar events for tasks which span midnight
  • Fixed a bug in calendar file processing which created unwanted wake-ups
  • Changed internal structure of services (both server and client) to fix start-up problems
  • Changed handling of IP and MAC detection for WHS clients
  • Added force option to action after backup
  • Added new option for devices which work as router or repeater
  • Added a user action to run a user defined command instead of standby
  • Added handling of additional routers or gateways
  • Added client command line application
  • Added handling (starting) of dependent services on server resume
  • Added Apple Mac OS X support (Mac Agent)

Service Pack 2 Beta Refresh (2nd February 2012)

  • New option for client action after backup
  • Fixed end of DST problem with WHS v1 connector
  • Fixed wrong date formatting in calendar for some regions like Japanese
  • Fixed wrong backup date when client backup is disabled
  • Fixed problem with deleted tasklist (delete was not handled, tasks were not removed)
  • Fixed bug in edit properties dialog
  • Changed action after backup: runs only if started for backup with no user activity

Service Pack 2 Beta (27th December 2011)

  • Changed IP and MAC address detection for WHS Client Computers
  • Changed handling of Gateways or Repeaters
  • User Action instead of Standby or Shutdow
  • Fixed MAC detection on server for bridged server NICs
  • Fixed WHS v1 console crash after clicking on error link in monitored sources
  • Fixed unwanted client standby when client was started from shut down for a backup
  • Fixed problem with wake-up on client when no IPv4 route is available
  • Fixed remote access detection after IIS reset
  • Fixed handling of IP clients without a MAC
  • Fixed problem with incomplete or damaged xml data files
  • Changed internal structure of services (both server and client) to fix start-up problems
  • Changed handling of IP and MAC detection for WHS clients
  • Added new option for devices which act as router or repeater
  • Added a user action to run a user defined command instead of standby
  • Added handling of additional routers or gateways
  • Added client command line application
  • Added handling (starting) of dependent services on server resume

v1.5.550 (2nd June 2011)

  • New web-based help with support content and How Tos
  • Enhanced language support with additional translations
  • Ability to restrict remote acces on the user tab
  • Bug fixes

v1.5 Beta

  • Added client actions for shutdown, standby and reboot
  • Added share monitor
  • Added console session monitor
  • Added display of active monitors
  • Added support for new move folder wizard
  • Removed support for DE

v1.0.9 (17th November 2010)

  • The wake-up source is now recorded and displayed, Wake-on-Lan by your network card, pressing the power button and the Windows task scheduler.
  • The task pane contains a new command to put your server immediately into standby.
  • New display of next scheduled backup time

v1.0.8 Build 1340 (3rd October 2010)

  • First beta release

 

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  • Areic Bailey

    I need help with lights out- no clients are waking server, is this a limitation of trial?  Cant figure how to contact developer this site is the most unfriendly navigation I have ever seen (yes I am signed in)

    • Anonymous

      On the v1 version of Lights-Out I noticed it placed a program in my Software folder. I think you’re supposed to install that in your client PCs. Check it.

  • Simba

    It says its free..but its only a trial…then u have to pay,,,

    • Samantha

      I don’t mind paying for software that works. I am just happy that they offer the trial and not make you pay before you get to test it to see if it fits your needs.

  • Is it available for Home Server V1

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