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Power Management Standard

Approver Authority Date
Chief Information Officer Director, User Support Services Originally Approved: 2013
Last Revised: April 2016

Introduction

The Power Management Standard defines the requirement for power management settings that regulate when Portland State University (PSU) owned computers and any attached monitors go to "sleep.”

Purpose and Applicability

The purpose of the Power Management Standard is to define the power management settings on PSU owned desktop computers and/or monitors that are running Windows.

When a computer or monitor "sleeps," it enters a low power state, using only enough energy to quickly resume normal operations. PSU's power management settings have been developed in cooperation with the Campus Sustainability Office and work towards meeting the goals set out in the Climate Action Plan.

This standard applies to all faculty, staff and students who use PSU-owned computers and/or monitors that are running Microsoft Windows.

Definitions

  • Remote Desktop Connection (RDC): A feature that allows the user to connect to a computer in another location.
  • Monitor Sleep: The power management configuration that dictates when the monitor will enter its sleep state. This configuration is applied to all managed desktops that are not otherwise exempted as per the table below.
  • Screen Lock: The security configuration that dictates when the OS locks and requires re-authentication to regain access. This configuration is applied to all managed desktops and laptops that are not otherwise exempted as per the table below.
  • Computer Sleep: The power management configuration that dictates when the desktop computer will enter its sleep state. This configuration is applied to all managed desktops that are not otherwise exempted as per the table below.

Standards and Procedures

Computer Power Profiles

PSU-owned desktop computers that are running Windows are placed in one of the following three power profile categories:

  • Normal
  • Monitor Sleep Only
  • Public Display

The computer's category governs its power management settings. See the Power Profile and Power Management table below for detail.

Power Profile and Power Management

Power Profile (Setting options in Windows) Monitor Sleeps System Locks Computer Sleeps Computer Types
Normal (PSU - Power Management) After 15 Minutes After 16 Minutes After 20 Minutes Standard, office use computers.
Monitor Only (PSU - Power Management - Monitor Only) After 15 Minutes After 16 Minutes Never Computers that people connect to remotely or that record/serve data from/to other machines.
Public Display* (PSU - Power Management - Public Display) Never Never Never Kiosks, instructor stations, computers used to display information to passersby while no one is actively using them.

* When appropriate, these computers and monitors should be turned off.

Exempting Your Computer from Power Management

If you need to exempt your computer from power management so that you can connect to it remotely, contact the Helpdesk at help@pdx.edu and request the computer be added to the "Monitor Only" group. Include the name of your computer in the email.

To find the name of your computer:

  1. Press the Windows key + the Pause/Break key on your keyboard.
  2. Look for the "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings" section.
  3. Record the Computer name.

This will ensure that your computer is awake when you need it; however, you should turn it off when you are not planning on connecting to it remotely. For more information on setting up remote connections, go to Remote Desktop Connection (RDC).

Exempting Your Computer from Screen Lock

As this is a security configuration designed to protect University users and systems from unauthorized access, there is no available exemption from this configuration. Please contact the Helpdesk at help@pdx.edu if you have questions or concerns about this.

Point of Contact

Contact the Helpdesk for assistance with or power management or remote desktop connection.