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How to Enable PPM in Windows Server 2003

Updated: October 24, 2006

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Server power consumption and its associated operating costs are becoming increasingly important in the data center. Processor power management (PPM) technologies that were once limited to mobile processor designs are now being offered on server processors from all leading processor vendors. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 supports these processor power-saving technologies, which can be enabled with a simple change to the Windows active power policy. This white paper provides details on how to enable this support on capable platforms, as well as tips for verifying that processor power management is working.

This information applies for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 operating system.

Included in this white paper:

  • Requirements

  • Determining Platform Capabilities

  • Processor Driver Support

  • Verifying Windows Support

  • Selecting a Windows Power Policy

  • Monitoring Processor Performance State Transitions