LightsOut, a perennial favorite of WGS readers, has been updated to version 1.0.  A full 1.x version signifying a transition to a mature piece of software.

For those who do not know, LightsOut is a Power Management add-in for Window Home Server by Microsoft WHS-MVP Martin Rothschink.


From Martin:

LightsOut – The name says it all.
This Add-In is used to put a Windows Home Server into suspended mode or hibernation and resume on user defined events.


Mode of operation
Lights-Out monitors several sources for activity. As long as one source signals activity, the server is kept running. When the monitoring detects no more activity, the server is disabled.

Sources selectable for monitoring 

  • Runtimes on calendar
  • Windows Home Server Computers (Clients) 
  • Network devices (like a Mac, Xbox or streaming clients) 
  • Backup time window 
  • Remote access 
  • Processes on your Windows Home Server 
  • Files on your Windows Home Server 
  • CPU load on your Windows Home Server 
  • Network load on your Windows Home Server

Wake up
A suspended or hibernated server can be resumed using a calendar event. A shut down server can be activated using Wake-On-Lan (WOL). Lights-Out comes with a client application which can be used to start the server when the client boots
or resumes.

Additional functionality
The Add-In visualizes the activity of the selected sources. So you can easily identify what keeps your server running.

Data integrity
To reduce the risk of data loss, the server is never put into sleep during an active backup operation or a backup cleanup.
You can define services, which are stopped on suspend and restarted after resume.

What is included with this particular update are some major changes, not only in the software, but in the type of add-in.  First, the big news: LightsOut is transitioning from a free Community add-in to a Commercial add-in.  When installing the latest and greatest, you will be given a 30-day period in which to decide whether this add-in is a must-have.  Or not…

After 30 days, you are given the option to continue its use as a

  • free Community Edition
  • paid Licensed Edition

Second, what enhancements do you get for your hard earned cash?  The Feature Matrix:


If you wish, you can upgrade and retain the basic feature set you had previously as a free add-in, or you can support Martin and, in return, obtain some nice enhancements.

In transitioning to the commercial software edition, you can also expect some enhanced support.  In addition to the normal support forums:

In German on the Windows Home Server Forum
In English on the We Got Served Forum

You will also receive email support with a paid license.

The costs:

Community Edition: Free

Licensed Edition: $23.94 | €15.00 | £14.69 (Personal license)

                                 $39.90 | €25.00 | £24.48 (Commercial license)

Please note that these prices do not include VAT.

More Info: LightsOut | Discuss | Rate this Add-in | Home Server Blog (Source)