Department of Defense

How to save power and still auto-update Gov PCs

Require all government computers to automatically turn off after 1+ hours of not being used. If Windows Systems Management Server or WSUS needs to push updates out, have the remote server use Wake-On-LAN to fire up the computers for updates and then send the remote shutdown command. This solves the problem having to have the computers on for updates, and saves power when they are not being updated. This would not be a security concern because WOL only does that, in-fact it might improve security by not having DoD computers exposed to potential attacks all night by being on and ready to be taken hostage by hackers/bots. Multiple benefits by using what we have wiser.

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Idea No. 17635