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I have Windows Server 2008 and I tried to put it into sleep mode at night. But I could not find it.

Is there any way to make it sleep or turn off the hard disk?

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It is not enabled by default on Windows Server 2008, servers by nature aren't usually put to sleep like desktop machines, but it is easily enabled:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Power Options.
  2. Under the power plan that is configured, click Change plan settings, and then click Change advanced power settings.
  3. Expand Sleep, and then modify the sleep configuration settings as appropriate for your requirements.

Note: If Sleep does not appear on the Advanced Settings tab of the Power Options dialog box, the computer does not meet the requirements to support the sleep feature. In this scenario, you may have to update the drivers or the devices on the computer.

Related MSKB article.

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