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Security and Privacy for Power Management in Configuration Manager

Updated: December 1, 2011

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

This section contains security and privacy information for power management in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

There are no security-related best practices for power management.

Power management uses features that are built into Windows to monitor power usage and to apply power settings to computers during business hours and nonbusiness hours. Configuration Manager collects power usage information from computers, which includes data about when a user is using a computer. Although Configuration Manager monitors power usage for a collection rather than for each computer, a collection can contain just one computer. Power management is not enabled by default and must be configured by an administrator.

The power usage information is stored in the Configuration Manager database and is not sent to Microsoft. Detailed information is retained in the database for 31 days and summarized information is retained for 13 months. You cannot configure the deletion interval.

Before you configure power management, consider your privacy requirements.

See Also

For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. For instructions and examples, see Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library.
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