Wake My PC/PowerMAN
Information about using PowerMAN/WakeMyPC services to access your PC remotely.
Download the Remote Desktop user guide (PDF) and follow the step by step process.
Check this page regularly for the latest updates. A list of frequently asked questions is available on this page.
Changes to remote desktop
We’re changing the way staff access their computers when they’re off campus. This will help to keep the University network secure.
If you currently use the Remote Desktop service, you’ll need to switch to Remote Desktop Gateway to connect to your PC.
Everything will look and work the same way as it did before, you just need to make a small configuration change. Updated instructions are available in the Remote Desktop user guide (PDF).
This document has been updated to provide information about changes you will need to make to use the new Remote Desktop Gateway. Frequently Asked Questions about the new Remote Desktop Gateway have also been added to this page.
WakeMyPC is an online service from Data Synergy which allows staff to work remotely without needing to leave their office PC on and inactive.
By using the WakeMyPC website, staff can turn on their computers with the click of a button, allowing them to use remote services wherever and whenever they want.
Using the service
Full details of how to use the WakeMyPC service and Remote Desktop for Windows machines, are available in the Remote Desktop Connection user guide (PDF) (University of Nottingham access only).
In order to identify any technical issues, staff are encouraged to try WakeMyPC across their office before using the service at home.
Some machines may require additional configuration for WakeMyPC. Contact the IT Helpline on 0115 95 16677 for assistance. A WakeMyPC technical user guide (PDF) (University of Nottingham access only) is available with further information for technical users and those using Linux or Mac.
To help reduce the financial and environmental cost of wasted energy, PowerMAN has been activated across all University PCs. PowerMAN is a power management system from Data Synergy and the service hibernates PCs after it a set period of inactivity, with staff PCs hibernating at 10pm.
IT Services understand that some PCs will need to be kept on overnight and over the weekend for processing. If your PC has one of the following applications running (click on this text to show the full list of applications), PowerMAN will not hibernate your machine:
Brain Vision Analyzer
Mathematica (CLI/Worker mode)
Mathematica (GUI mode)
Essential or experimental equipment
If you have essential or experimental equipment that must be left switched on at all times, or needs to stay on for operational reasons, please contact your local IT Support team immediately. An opt out facility is available in these circumstances.
To suggest an application that should be added to the list of excluded applications, contact IT Support.
Frequently asked questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the WakeMyPC, PowerMAN and remote desktop. Click on the question to show the answer.
Frequently asked questions about using:
Why have these services been introduced?
A large number of PCs are increasing the University’s carbon footprint by being left on, but inactive, wasting large amounts of energy.
During a three month period, this wasted energy has cost the University more than £25,000. Over the Christmas period (24 December – 3 January) the wasted energy was equivalent to 19 tonnes of CO2, and the cost to the University was more then £2,000.
Do I need to do anything to set up WakeMyPC?
Your computer may need technical assistance in order to work with WakeMyPC. Users are encouraged to try the service
as soon as possible to identify any technical issues. Contact the IT Helpline on 0115 95 16677
If you are having problems accessing the WakeMyPC try again later or from your office, if possible. If you're still having problems, contact the IT Helpline on 0115 95 16677.
I'm having problems logging into WakeMyPC. What might be wrong?
You need to ensure you prefix your username with ad\ so a user with a username cczabc would need to enter ad\cczabc
How do I find out my computer name?
To find your computer name, right click on 'My Computer' on your desktop or in the Start Menu and select 'Properties'. Select the 'Computer Name' tab and write down the full computer name.
Can I wake up my Mac or Linux machine?
Yes, the WakeMyPC service is available for Mac and Linux users. More information is available in the technical user guide
What if I’m having problems using WakeMyPC
If you are having any technical issues with using the WakeMyPC service, contact the IT Helpline on 0115 95 16677 for assistance.
Remote Desktop FAQS
Will WakeMyPC affect the way I remote desktop in to my office PC?
Yes, you will no longer need to leave your office PC on in order to allow for remote working. You will be able to switch on your PC, over the internet, using the WakeMyPC service
. Once you have woken up your PC, you can remote desktop in as usual.
The WakeMyPC website
offers a remote desktop shortcut – in order to use this you will first need to install the helper application, the RD launcher. Full instructions are available in the Remote Desktop Connection user guide
How do I set up to remote to my PC?
Do I have to use the Remote Desktop Gateway now to access my PC?
Yes, this is an important change that has been introduced to protect the University infrastructure.
I’ve been using remote desktop for a while. Do I have to do anything to use the Remote Desktop Gateway?
Yes you will need to make a small change that will allow your PC to connect as it did before but using the Remote Desktop Gateway. This is quite straightforward and is detailed in the Remote Desktop Connection user guide
I’ve been using my Mac or Linux machine to remote to my PC at work, how will the new Remote Desktop Gateway affect me?
The changes mean that you will have to connect in to the University network using the VPN service
and then connect to your PC as you did before. This is because the Remote clients used by Macs and Linux do not generally support the use of a Remote Desktop Gateway.
What are the alternatives to using WakeMyPC and Remote Desktop?
It’s really easy to access a range of University services over the internet, wherever and whenever you like.
The services available include:
Students and Staff can also log in to the Portal to access a number of these services, including email and your f iles.
More details about the applications that you can access are available on the working off campus page.
Do I need to do anything to set up PowerMAN?
Will PowerMAN shut down my office PC?
No, the PowerMAN service hibernates staff machines. It will only shut down PCs in University Computer Rooms.
What time will my PC hibernate?
PowerMAN will hibernate staff PCs at 10pm.
At this time, PCs will display a dialog box indicating that the machine is about to hibernate and give you 20 seconds to cancel the process. If you miss the prompt the machine will hibernate but you will then be able to start up your PC again after this.
When you start up your PC from hibernation, it will return to the state in which you left it. If you do this, please ensure you shut down your PC when you have finished.
When my PC hibernates will I lose my work?
When your PC hibernates it saves your desktop complete with open files and documents. It then powers down the computer to save energy. When you switch your PC back on, your files and documents are open on your desktop exactly as you left them.
Can I opt out of PowerMAN?
Information Services would prefer PCs to remain opted in to the PowerMAN service but understands that there are some exceptions
. If you would like more advice on opting out, contact your local IT Support Team
Can I set my own power settings?
PowerMAN will standardise settings across all PCs. The power settings will reflect those of the default desktop settings that has been in use for the last 3 years.
Where can I find out more about WakeMyPC and PowerMAN?