The NightWatchman Console is run from the Start menu and consists of:

  • Clients
  • Power Schemes
  • Power Policies
  • Power Consumption
  • Tariffs
  • WakeUp Servers
  • Settings
  • Security
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Clients

When Clients is selected, the right-hand side shows the Location and Organization groups that are used for organizing computers with NightWatchman clients installed. When the NightWatchman Console is started, these groups are populated from the data held in the Agility Framework database. As you make changes to the Location and Organization groups, these are saved back to the Agility Framework database.

Initially, before either of the group hierarchies have been modified, the Location and Organization groups each contain a single node – the UNASSIGNED BUILDING and UNASSIGNED DEPARTMENT nodes, that always exist and contain computers with NightWatchman clients installed that have sent information back to the Agility Framework.

Computers can only be associated with the lowest levels Building and Department.

To learn how to add, rename and delete groups or to add remove computers from specific departments or buildings, see modifying NightWatchman hierarchies.

Location and Organization hierarchies are each constructed of 5 tiers, always with buildings and departments at the lowest tier, with the exception of UNASSIGNED BUILDING and UNASSIGNED DEPARTMENT.

Location groups

Location groups enable you to model your company according to the physical location of the computers. You apply location specific power settings to computers according to their region. For example, if you are aware of a specific national holiday, you can apply a one-off policy that sets a power setting for that particular country. There are five levels to both the Location and Organization hierarchies.

The Location group hierarchy is constructed of 5 tiers which use the following names in NightWatchman reports: Region, Country, State, City and Building, with clients assigned to Buildings.

Organization groups

Organization groups, in contrast, enables you to model your company according to organizational units. This structure lets you apply specific power settings to computers according to where they sit in the organization. For example, if you are aware of a specific departmental off-site team building exercise, you can apply a one-off policy that sets power setting for that particular department only.

The Organization group hierarchy is constructed of 5 tiers which use the following names in NightWatchman reports: Company, Subsidiary, Division, Business Unit and Departments, with clients assigned to Departments.

Queries

Queries enables you to display a set of computers that match your selection criteria. This allows you to explore the computers in your estate. You can copy, sort and export the results of a query, and wake up one or more computers from the list. Administrators can define custom actions which can be run against the results.

Power Schemes

Power Schemes let you define named groups of settings that control NightWatchman clients to set the power management properties of the computer it is running on. Power schemes are not directly applied to computers but are part of the definition of the power policies. In the Power Schemes section, you can view summaries of the power schemes, add new ones or edit, copy and delete the existing ones.

Power Policies

Power Policies let you define a combination of NightWatchman and WakeUp settings to power off and wake up machines together with a specific Power Scheme. These can be applied at any level of the location or organization hierarchies. The behavior of a power policy is inherited by all the computers associated with that hierarchy. In the Power Policies section, you can view summaries of the power policies, add new ones or edit, copy and delete the existing ones.

Power Consumption

NightWatchman Console lets you define power consumption figures for the various types of hardware encountered and reported back by the NightWatchman clients. In the Power Consumption section you can view the power consumption table and edit the power consumption values for the different power states for each type of hardware found. To learn about editing these values, see modifying NightWatchman power consumption data.

Tariffs

The Tariffs section lets you define power costs that are applied to particular locations so that reports can more accurately show the actual costs for an organization. The Tariffs section lets you create a combined set of localized CO2 emissions per unit of power used and the cost per unit of power. To learn how to modify tariffs, see tariffs. Tariffs can only be applied to the Location group hierarchy, not to the Organization group hierarchy.

WakeUp Servers

NightWatchman Management Center can communicate with multiple WakeUp Servers to enable scalable wake up support across large and geographically diverse networks. These WakeUp Servers automatically register themselves with the NightWatchman Management Center.  The WakeUp Servers section shows a list of registered servers where you can configure which subnets are managed by each server.

Settings

The Settings section lets you define default parameters for NightWatchman Client Policies along with units used by the NightWatchman reports. To learn more about these, see NightWatchman settings.

Security

NightWatchman Console lets you modify computer power states across your entire network, so you need to control who has access. In the Security section, you can view currently assigned users and groups, add new ones or edit, copy and delete the existing ones. Users and groups have security roles assigned to them.

Console language

The console can be either English, French or German – localisation is based on the operating system's display language. To change the default display language you may have to add a language to Windows, install it, and set it as the default. Also ensure the Windows Region control panel icon's format is set to match the Windows display language