Lights Out Adds Support for Windows 7 and Windows 8

Lights Out Adds Support for Windows 7 and Windows 8

The popular Lights Out WHS add-in, written by WHS MVP Martin Rothschink, has been updated, adding support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines.  Read on for details.

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The popular Lights Out WHS add-in, written by WHS MVP Martin Rothschink, has been updated, adding support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines.  Here is what Lights-Out can do for you:

Lights-Out enhances a Windows Server Solution in these areas:

  • Power management: run your server on demand
  • Client backup: run a scheduled backup and use Wake-On-Lan
  • Uptime chart: displayes a graphical overview of device activity in your network
  • Client management: Wake, save energy or reboot your client computers
  • Includes Mac OS X Support!

Here are the release notes from the Windows 7/8 version:

Current Version 1.5.4 Build 2055

Lights-Out for Windows 7 or 8 as “Home Server” and Standard Windows Server

Differences between Lights-Out on WHS and Windows 7/8

  • There is no WHS Connector and therefore no working communication infrastructure on Windows 8
  • Lights-Out uses a special (TCP/IP based) communication protocol on port 7679
  • Port 7679 is opened during installation on the Windows 7/8 “Server”, if you use another personal firewall you have to open port 7679 by yourself
  • Client computers are joined during setup to their server, server discovery is handled by sending a multicast on port 7679
  • There is no pre-configured SSL infrastructure on Windows 7/8
  • There is no client backup handled by the server
  • There is no WHS Console on the client

Known issues:

  • No backup support for clients
  • Mac and Mobile support only in LAN (local), not in WAN because SSL infrastructure is missing

If you are looking to control your servers or Windows 7/8 machines to save on your power bill, then give Lights Out a look.

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