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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Devices—Tasks

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The following tasks for managing devices use the various tools covered in the previous section.

Add New Hardware

How you add a new hardware device depends on how fully your system and the device support the Plug and Play (PnP) standard:

PnP devices

When a PnP device is connected to a PnP system, WS2003 automatically detects a newly installed device and assigns it appropriate hardware resource settings (IRQ, I/O, memory, and DMA).

Legacy (non-PnP) devices

Use Control Panel Add Hardware to install legacy devices or to install PnP devices into systems that aren’t fully PnP-compliant. If the wizard can’t detect the device, you must specify its settings manually.

Configure Device Driver Signing

To specify the action Windows should take when it encounters a device driver that has not been digitally signed, do this:

Control Panel System Hardware Driver Signing

Conserve Energy for Devices

To configure your system to enter standby mode automatically, do this:

Control Panel Power Options Power Schemes select a default scheme

To manually enter standby mode, do this:

Start Shutdown Standby

You can also configure your system so that when the power button is pressed, the system enters standby mode instead of powering off completely:

Control Panel Power Options Advanced Power buttons select Standby

To configure your system to enable hibernation mode, do this:

Control Panel Power Options Hibernation Enable hibernate support

Note that to support hibernation ...

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