Microsoft IT Implements Power Management strategy with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

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Microsoft IT Implements Power Management strategy with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

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Microsoft IT (MSIT), our internal IT organization, recently issued a new technical whitepaper titled Manage, Monitor, and Report: Implementing a Power Management Strategy with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 which looks at how they deployed a power management solution to our 165,000 desktop and laptop computers using Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 (SCCM R3).  

The paper explains how MSIT used the new tools in SCCM R3 to provide centralized power management across the organization.  It also explains the Configuration Manager 2007 architecture that Microsoft used to enable the solution and provides a roll-out strategy to users.  With the adoption of a client power management initiative based on SCCM R3, the deployment has helped the company realize improvements in client computer power usage, reduce carbon emissions, and reduce cost. Here are some of the numbers from the report:

  •  27 percent drop in the amount of power used by the managed desktop computers
  • 12.33 kilowatt hours per desktop computer per month savings
  • A projected savings of $12 - $14 USD per desktop computer per year, based on currently reported data
  • Centralized power management and enhanced reporting capabilities
  • Leveraging existing client management infrastructure minimizes cost and expense

Of special note are the reporting tools in SCCM R3 which allow IT administrators and environmental teams alike the ability to visualize the environmental impact of power management (see graph).  This type of reporting capability is especially useful for an organization like our environmental team as we work to make progress to reduce our own carbon footprint.   

To learn more about System Center Configuration Manager R3 visit here.  To download a copy of the whitepaper click here.


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