Sustainability & the Energy Challenge

Earlier today a message was sent to faculty and a similar message will be sent to staff with several energy-conscious suggestions, one being “Explore the possibility of programming my computer to sleep or hibernate after a length of time of inactivity of my choosing.”

Computers upgraded since January 2008 have the LIS recommended settings of the computer going to sleep after 2 hours and going into hibernation after 4 hours.

If you regularly use Datatel UI, leave the settings as they are and if you are going to be gone for a while save out of screens and any open records and manually put your computer in sleep mode. If you do not use Datatel UI or any other special purpose software that requires an active network connection, you can set your computer to automatically go to sleep mode after 15-30 min of inactivity.

LIS tested the effects of sleep and hibernation modes on Datatel User Interface (UI) sessions. When a workstation goes into sleep/hibernation mode the UI session “connection is aborted”, which means that session is left open on the server and aborted on the workstation. If a record is open at the time the session is aborted, the record becomes locked. Sessions that are left open on the server and records that are locked need to be closed by someone in LIS or they are closed automatically before the nightly backup starts. The user will need to start a new Datatel UI session on their workstation.

Application Development’s advice to Datatel users is to save out of screens and any open records as soon as you are done viewing or updating the information. Close your Datatel UI session when you leave your desk or are not actively using Datatel for more than 15 minutes.

My.luther sessions are not affected.

Information on how to adjust your power settings can be found on the LIS website in the following documents under the “Understand your Power Options” section.