How to Exclude Computers from Power Management

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

In Configuration Manager 2007 R3, you can prevent collections of computers from receiving power management settings. For example, you might want to exclude a collection of servers from receiving any power plans. If a computer is a member of any collection that is excluded from power management settings, it does not apply power management settings even if it is a member of another collection that applies power management settings.

You might want to exclude computers from power management under the following circumstances:

  • Business needs require the computer to be turned on at all times.

  • You have created a control collection of computers on which you do not want to apply power management settings.

  • Some of your computers are incapable of applying power management settings.

  • You want to exclude computers that are running Windows Server from power management.


Power settings applied to computers running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 are not reverted to their original values even if you exclude the computer from power management. On later versions of Windows, excluding a computer from power management causes all power settings to be reverted to their original values. You cannot revert individual power settings to their original values.


The information in this topic applies only to Configuration Manager 2007 R3.

To exclude a collection of computers from power management

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Collections.

  2. Right-click the collection that you want to modify, and then click Modify Collection Settings.

  3. In the Power Management tab of the <Collection Name> Settings dialog box, select the Enable power management settings option.

  4. Select the Never apply power management settings to computers in this collection option.

  5. Click OK to close the <Collection Name> Settings dialog box.

See Also


Administrator Checklist for Power Management

Other Resources

Power Management in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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