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Need Advice On Script to Automate Windows Standby

by PerlBear (Hermit)
on Aug 30, 2005 at 17:05 UTC ( #487842=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

PerlBear has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Greetings Fellow Monks! In a nutshell, I would like to automate placing Windows, in the case Win2000, into standby. The code I have assembled below is for automatic rebooting which works cleanly including a warning window of impending shutdown. I put this in the scheduler for unattended auto rebooting of a remote computer.
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use Win32; Win32::InitiateSystemShutdown( '', "\nWARNING\!\!\n\nSystem is about t +o Reboot\!\n\(The system will reboot in 30 seconds.\)", 30, 1, 1 );
This is what I would call it's "countermeasure" (in case you want to abort a reboot that is about to occur:
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use Win32; $machineName=""; Win32::AbortSystemShutdown($machineName);
I want to create something simliar to the first script shown above except it simply puts the computer in standby or sleep mode. I did a little digging but didn't find anything that was quite obvious right off the bat. Perhaps, maybe this falls into the realm of Windows Scripting, which I am not all that familiar with, but I am willing to adapt; hoping for a perl solution. Any help/insight that can be provided will great!
Thank you in advance for your help and wisdom in this matter!

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Re: Need Advice On Script to Automate Windows Standby
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Aug 30, 2005 at 18:02 UTC

    This may be what you need.

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Re: Need Advice On Script to Automate Windows Standby
by PerlBear (Hermit) on Aug 31, 2005 at 12:36 UTC
    Thanks to the great advice, (exactly what I needed), provided by BrowserUk pointing me to a highly relevant section of the MSDN Library regarding SetSuspendState, a Windows power management function; I was able to develop the answer to my own question, to create a script that utilizes the Win32::API to put the Windows computer in a sleep/suspend state. Code below:
    #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use Win32::API; Win32::API->Import( 'PowrProf', 'BOOLEAN SetSuspendState( BOOL Hibernate, BOOL ForceCritical, BOOL DisableWakeEvent )', ); SetSuspendState(0,0,0);
    Thanks Again! Your small bit of highly relevant wisdom has allowed me to come up with the answer to my own question. Precisely what I was looking for!

    Additonal Notes: I have tested this out on Windows 2000 SP4, and it does precisely what I want it to: puts the system in a sleep/suspend state. If you want the system to hibernate, setting the first 0 to 1, (1,0,0), should do the trick (I have not yet tested the hibernate aspect).
    As always, I welcome any constructive suggestions for improvement/enhancement of this code. :)
      Hi Friends, Above code is working perfectly for Standby / Sleep. However, it doesn't make to hibernate, even if we set first parameter to 1 (1,0,0). Could you please anyone provide the hibernation code for windows. Thanks....

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