The popular Lights Out WHS add-in, written by WHS MVP Martin Rothschink, has been updated, adding support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines. Read on for details.
The popular Lights Out WHS add-in, written by WHS MVP Martin Rothschink, has been updated, adding support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines. Here is what Lights-Out can do for you:
Lights-Out enhances a Windows Server Solution in these areas:
- Power management: run your server on demand
- Client backup: run a scheduled backup and use Wake-On-Lan
- Uptime chart: displayes a graphical overview of device activity in your network
- Client management: Wake, save energy or reboot your client computers
- Includes Mac OS X Support!
Here are the release notes from the Windows 7/8 version:
Current Version 1.5.4 Build 2055
Lights-Out for Windows 7 or 8 as “Home Server” and Standard Windows Server
Differences between Lights-Out on WHS and Windows 7/8
- There is no WHS Connector and therefore no working communication infrastructure on Windows 8
- Lights-Out uses a special (TCP/IP based) communication protocol on port 7679
- Port 7679 is opened during installation on the Windows 7/8 “Server”, if you use another personal firewall you have to open port 7679 by yourself
- Client computers are joined during setup to their server, server discovery is handled by sending a multicast on port 7679
- There is no pre-configured SSL infrastructure on Windows 7/8
- There is no client backup handled by the server
- There is no WHS Console on the client
- No backup support for clients
- Mac and Mobile support only in LAN (local), not in WAN because SSL infrastructure is missing
If you are looking to control your servers or Windows 7/8 machines to save on your power bill, then give Lights Out a look.