A network packet used to wake up a PC remotely using the Wake-on-LAN technology includes the PC's MAC address as a unique identifier. MAC addresses can be extracted automatically from network PCs when they are turned on, but for large networks it can take a while for all MAC addresses to be collected. The new feature introduced in version 1.1 allows extracting MAC addresses for all network PCs regardless of their current state from Microsoft DHCP. Even for large networks, this process can only take several seconds.
"Automatic MAC addresses extraction from Microsoft DHCP server brings the WakeOnLan utility to a new level. Our corporate customers who have tens of thousands of computers in their networks can complete Wake-on-LAN preparation steps including MAC addresses collection within only a few minutes. They had to spend hours on this task before", Thorarinn Oskarsson, CEO at EMCO Software, said.
Another new feature available in the professional version of WakeOnLan 1.1 is an option to define target PCs for Wake-on-LAN tasks using an Active Directory query. This query extracts a list of PCs from the Active Directory based on predefined conditions. It is possible to execute the Wake-on-LAN operation for all PCs in a particular Organization Unit in a domain, for computers with certain names, etc. It is also possible to use complex conditions and define queries through a visual editor.
"This feature is very useful for scheduled Wake-on-LAN tasks. It helps network administrators to define a condition once and then execute the task for the always up-to-date set of PCs, which are managed through the Active Directory", Emil Thor Jonsson, CTO at EMCO Software said. "Before, administrator had to configure Wake-on-LAN targets manually and update configuration every time a new computer was added or removed from the network. Now this effort can be spared", he added.
EMCO WakeOnLan is available as a freeware and commercial versions. It can run under Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2000 both x86 and x64 platforms. The commercial version is available for evaluation as a free trial with no functionality limitations. The license pricing starts from $179.00. The product can be purchased directly from EMCO Software or via one of its authorized distributors and resellers.
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