What is PowerUp?

Using any computer with a web browser, the PowerUp application allows you to wake up an on-campus computer that has been powered off or put to sleep. The computer must be a desktop on-campus and not in the Healthcare, LST, LSA, or ResNet spaces.

Why use it?

PowerUp is an effort to help conserve energy at the University of Iowa. Many faculty and staff members use Remote Desktop to access office computers while working off-campus, thus requiring computers to be powered on 24 hours a day. PowerUp allows the University community to conserve energy while away from the office by shutting down or putting their computer to sleep. PowerUp provides the flexibility to turn on your workstations when you need to access them remotely.

How to use it

Simply log in to the PowerUp application (you'll need to access the VPN first) and view the list of computers associated with your HawkID. Your computers will appear in the list automatically. If needed, you may also add one that isn't there. Once you have initiated the PowerUp tool for the computer in question, within a few minutes, your office computer will be available for you to access via the Remote Desktop application.

What you need to know

There are computer configurations required to enable PowerUp to successfully turn on your computer and allow Remote Desktop, ARD, or SSH sessions. Please work with your departmental IT support staff to make sure this is enabled on your campus computer.

Mac computers currently only wake when they have been put to sleep, not completely shut down. Your departmental IT staff may be able to help you schedule this so you don't need to remember.

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April 1, 2021