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Dell AutoPowerOn


Below are instructions to create a package to turn on the Dell “AutoPowerOn” feature in the BIOS to automate the configuration process.  Why would somebody want to do this?  We have a solution in place that powers down the client devices at night and this helps our End-Users get a faster start in the morning.  We do not leverage hibernate because historically there have been issues – not to say it has improved but we are still on XP (working toward Windows 7).  Also, our switching infrastructure does not seemingly support WOL (Wake on LAN) in all locations, we are not using SCCM Native Mode yet and thus cannot use the AMT chipset, and we have an immediate need.

  1. Download and install the “Dell Client Configuration Utility” from http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?releaseid=R204280&deviceid=19801&fileid=285029 
  2. Open the utility from the “Altiris” folder in the start menu (Please note that you do not need an Altiris infrastructure – you can deploy the .exe using any management tool such as SCCM)
  3. Under the “BIOS Settings” section you will see settings that you can modify
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  4. Find and configure “Auto on” under “Power and Performance Management” and configure the “Auto on hour” and Auto on minute” as well
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  5. Create the BIOS settings package using the link in the lower right corner of the page
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  6. Deploy the package to supported models
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