This weekend was the Remembrance Day long weekend, which means, of course, that something went wrong at work and I had fix it. As usual, I made a VPN connection from home and tried to start a Remote Desktop session with my PC at work – but I could not connect. I tried pinging it and it did not respond. I had to use other means to resolve the issue, but it would have been much easier if I could have just logged into my own machine, which I suspected had been powered off. Sure enough, this morning on arriving at work I found my machine powered down. My co-workers’ PCs where also powered down, so there must have been some kind of power failure.
When you rely on being able to access your PC remotely in order to work, it is a problem if things like brown-outs and black-outs shut off your access. A downed PC could mean an early morning commute to work on a Saturday – yech! UPSs can help, but only for a limited time. How do you ensure that your PC will be there when you need it?
Check your BIOS. I know every board is different, so I can’t tell you where to find it, but on mine I located a setting that controls what should happen when AC power is restored to the PC. In my case I could have the PC stay powered down (which was the default), automatically power up, or return to the power-state it was in when the power was lost. I chose the last option, which means that if the power goes out while my computer is on, when the power is restored, the PC will boot up – perfect.