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I have turned on Wake On Lan on all of the BIOSes in the PCs and I have a simple batch file that runs a free command wolcmd.exe Wake on Lan Command Line

The syntax is as follows:

wolcmd [mac address] [ip address] [subnet mask] [port number]

The batch file looks a little like this....

wolcmd 009027a324fe 195.188.159.20 255.255.255.0 8900

wolcmd 009024a731da 212.86.64.31 255.255.255.0 8900

It's OK but It's not very user friendly (I need to set this up for other people to use and administer)

Can you suggest a Windows (XP/Vixta/7) Alternative with a GUI?

Free is cool, but a good paid for version is fine if you think it's worth it!

Thanks in advance for your informed suggestions

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Have you tried Wake On LAN Ex?

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Wake On LAN Ex is an application designed to be used with computers that contain network cards which are set to turn on when a "magic packet" is received. Running Wake On LAN Ex, entering the required details, and hitting Send will cause the WOL-enabled computer to turn itself on and boot as normal.

Depending on its WOL abilities, the destination computer can be sleeping, hibernating, or entirely off and still be able to react to a Wake-On-LAN event. WoLEX also supports shutting down, restarting, logging-off, and hibernating the remote computer, as well as sending it administrator messages.

WoLEX works with all versions of Windows. Linux is supported via Mono

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I'm using WOL, the interface is simple enough but you can do a lot with it. It's a freeware. It might be what's you're looking for.

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WOL is good and simple, but does not support more than 10PCs at once, I was hoping to turn on more than 350PCs. Good program, easy to use, but limited to 10PCs. –  Matt 'Trouble' Esse Mar 9 '10 at 20:26

This might work out for you. =)

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There's another WOL program available here.

It's quite weird that it seems to have identical user-interface to the free utility recommended by Kami, and has a free demo version limited to 10 users. It might be that Kami's product is simply the rip-off of this demo version.

An unlimited commercial version is available from the site at $24.95 for the single Computer license.

I note that it accepts a .csv file as parameter, having the format of:

HostName,EthernetAddress,BroadcastAddress

This means that, using the above commercial version, you can manage the csv file of 350 entries by an editor such as Excel or CSVed, which is much more user-friendly than editing a batch file.

(please note that I've never tried this product myself.)

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I personally use MagiWol. It has GUI and you can also use it from command line if such need occurs.

MagiWOL

More information and download at www.jmedved.com.

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If you have over 350 PCs, I'd expect that you're using some sort of automated software distribution tool, such as Microsoft's SMS/SCCM or Altiris DS?

If so, then these generally have Wake On LAN functionality built in, and you can send a WoL command out to hundreds of PCs just as easily as (in fact even easier than) assigning any other distribution package to hundreds of machines.

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I use AMD Magic Packet. It's pretty decent and allows for a list of computers to be turned on.

As GAT mentioned above though, is there nothing in your deployment solution that will do this for you?

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