How to Exclude Computers from Power Management

In this post I will show you how to exclude computers from SCCM Power Management. I will also cover how can users exclude their devices from Power Management.

Recently I published Configuration Manager Power Management guide. This guide includes the steps to deploy power plans to device collections using SCCM.

If you haven’t tried the power management feature in SCCM yet, you may try the steps mentioned in that post.

Allow users to exclude their device from Power Management

A Configuration Manager admin can allow users to opt-out or exclude the devices from power management. While this step has to be manually done by user, the configuration manager admin has to first allow the option to do that.

Why would you allow users to exclude their device from power management ?.

Let me explain this with an example.

Suppose an employee works for a organization whose initiative is to become more energy efficient with the equipment that they use.

The ConfigMgr admin has deployed a SCCM power plan to all Windows 10 desktops and laptops that will turn off monitor after 10 minutes of inactivity.

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For some users probably this power plan can cause inconvenience. If you’re in meeting and you’re doing a presentation, the monitor turns off after 10 minutes.

In addition to that, you may not want to have your laptop go to “sleep” when you close the lid. Hence for this reason you can allow users to opt-out from power management.

First of all, under Default Settings > Power Management, ensure “Allow users to exclude their devices from power management” is set to Yes.

How to Exclude Computers from Power Management

As I mentioned earlier, the user has to perform the below steps manually on the computer.

  • On the client computer launch Software Center.
  • Click Options tab. Expand Power Management. Check the box “Do not apply power settings from my IT department to this computer“. Click Apply.
  • Restart the computer.

How to Exclude Computers from Power Management

Exclude computers from power management

In an organization, if you want to exclude computers from power management, you can do that very easily.

First create a device collection and add the devices to a collection that needs to be excluded from applying power management settings.

Go to device collection properties. Select Never apply power management settings to computers in this collection.

This is also covered under best practices for power management.

Most of all you might want to exclude devices from power management. Let’s look at some examples.

  • The computers must remain turned on for some reason.
  • Computers that users need to connect to by using Remote Desktop Connection.
  • You want to exclude computers because they cannot use power management.
  • Computers that have the distribution point site system role.
  • The organization has public computers such as kiosk computers, monitoring consoles etc. In these cases the the computer and the monitor must remain on.

To exclude a collection of computers from power management

  • In the Configuration Manager console, click Assets and Compliance.
  • In the Assets and Compliance workspace, click Device Collections.
  • Select and right-click the device collection on which you want to exclude from power management. Click Properties.
  • Click Power Management tab. Select Never apply power management settings to computers in this collection. Click Apply and OK to save your settings.
  • The power management settings will not apply to the devices within this device collection.

How to Exclude Computers from Power Management

Prajwal Desai

Hi, I am Prajwal Desai. For last few years I have been working on multiple technologies such as SCCM / Configuration Manager, Intune, Azure, Security etc. I created this site so that I can share valuable information with everyone.

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  1. Thanks for this tip, Prajwal. I couldn’t figure out why power management settings were still greyed out on my client computers until I read your tip to also make a change in Software Center. Much obliged!

  2. Prajwal, let’s say the PC is in two collections, one with power plan enabled and one to never apply. Wich will take precedence?

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