"The EX495 server power management not green."2.5 starson by keeperoregon
Pros: The EX495 has more features that my older EX475 version. But I primarily use this WHS to perform backups. Performance is the most noticeable feature that exceeds the EX475. The "Wake Server" feature from local clients is a feature I use regularily.
Cons: The power management features of the EX495 and clients does not work. The server "Wake time" always work. The "Sleep time" only works once until the next "Shutdown" or "Restart". When client backups get performed are unpredictable.
Summary: Being an owner of both a EX495 and a EX475 server, I experience that my manual method of doing backups with the EX475 was more power efficient than trying to use the power management feature of the EX495. I thought we created computer to do those mundane tasks that have to be performed over-n-over :-(.
The "Wake This Computer For Backups" client feature would wake the computer just fine. But once the backup was complete, the computer would continue to run rather than "Sleep" or "Hibernate". Many times the backup would never start and the client would only "Sleep"/"Hibernate" on its power management cycle which has been OS specific.
In trying to diagnose these issues, I tried downloading the "Toolkit 1.1" and found the "Event Viewer" didn't have any information on what the status of what the Backup service what performing. The "options" for the "Backup" component was set to "Verbose", which didn't help at all.
There have been no firmware updates since Feb 2010 and I have had a case open on the "Sleep"/"Wake" time issue since 8/16/2010.
BTW, all my clients are HPs computers, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. I am really thinking about looking for a UNIX solution at this time. I also agree that one should save their money until HP/Microsoft corrects these issues.
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