I’d like to propose a challenge for all you users working with native Active Directory tools: find a way to change the period of inactivity before Windows begins hibernating for every system on your entire domain.

Here’s a clue: the setting is available somewhere in Computer Configuration. But that specific setting could be present in Windows Components, Control Panel, or perhaps in System. Some of you might’ve tried clicking on Computer Configuration, then navigated to Administrative Templates and applied a filter and searched for the setting using the keyword hibernate.

Now, you have to admit that I’ve made this task a little easier by telling you beforehand that the setting can be found under Computer Configuration as opposed to User Configuration. In the real world, things aren’t always this easy. For example, there are over 3,000 administrative template settings, and whether a particular setting is a user setting or a computer setting is difficult to remember.

When you can’t remember where to find a setting, you might navigate to the Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration and apply a filter to find the setting in question. If it isn’t a Computer Configuration setting, then you know you need to navigate to User Configuration and apply the filter there.

What if you could search through User Configuration or Computer Configuration without navigating to Administrative Templates every time you need to find a GPO setting? It would save you some precious time and effort, right? Well, that’s exactly what ADManager Plus helps you do. Using ADManager Plus, you can search for a setting directly from User Configuration or Computer Configuration. To get started, first click on the Edit GPO button next to the GPO name, as shown in Figure 1. This will open up a new window, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 1: Viewing information about a particular GPO, “Default Domain Policy,” in ADManager Plus.

Figure 2: The Edit GPO Settings window in ADManager Plus.

From the Edit GPO Settings window, use the search option to find the setting that controls how much time must pass before a Windows system starts hibernating. Even if you aren’t sure where the setting is, in ADManager Plus you can just select either User Configuration or Computer Configuration and search for a keyword related to the setting, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Searching for the keyword “hibernate” under GPO Settings.

Once you’ve pulled up a few search results, you also have the option to further filter the settings based on their state, e.g. Enabled, Disabled, or Not Configured. After finding the relevant setting, you can click on the setting to edit it. In our case, you can enter the necessary hibernation time, as shown in Figure 4.

                    

Figure 4: Adjusting a GPO setting from the search window.

To adjust the hibernation setting, as shown above, click on the Enabled radio button, then click Apply to save the changes made to your computers’ hibernate timeout settings.

 Download a 30-day free trial of ADManager Plus here and try out the easy way to filter administrative  template settings now. ADManager Plus also offers other GPO and GPO link management features. Click here to learn more.

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