Just a quick update for all you energy conscious IT professionals.  Microsoft has launched a new Desired Configuration Management (DCM) pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. The new pack fully complies with ENERGY STAR configuration guidelines and is endorsed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This new tool lets you assess your client settings against ENERGY STAR recommendations.  You can:

  • Ensure computers enter system standby or hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity.

  • Ensure monitors enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity.

  • Create a warning notification report if screen savers are not disabled. 

Ultimately, this can help lower your operational costs and it provides a basis for compliance reporting against various pledge programs, such as Climate Savers Computing Initiative and ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign.

You can download the Microsoft Assessment Configuration Pack for ENERGY STAR Power Management or read more about it on the Microsoft Environment site.