Wake On LAN with BatchPatch

BatchPatch provides Wake On LAN (WoL) capabilities, which makes it convenient when you need to remotely power-on (wake) computers on your network. Some folks like to use Wake On LAN in conjunction with their routine maintenance for patching / updating their computers. The reason this can work nicely is because once you have Wake On LAN configured for your computers, you’ll be able to patch them even if they are powered down when your maintenance window begins. With Wake On LAN you’ll be able to remotely power-on the computers, initiate the patching process, and then optionally shut them down again after completing the maintenance. Note, Wake On LAN needs to be enabled in two places before it will work. Below we will explain how to enable it in both the BIOS and in Windows.

Enable Wake On LAN in the BIOS

To access the BIOS on a computer, you’ll need to restart the computer while sitting watching the console. During the setup phase, you should be prompted to enter the BIOS by pressing a hotkey on your keyboard. For many BIOS manufacturers this is F1 or Delete, but it could be any key. Read what is displayed on your console and follow directions to enter the BIOS or SETUP. If you’re unable to proceed, consult the documentation for your computer hardware from the manufacturer.

Once you’ve entered the BIOS / SETUP for your computer, go to the power management section. You need to find the entry for WOL, Wake-up, PME (Power Management Events) or similar. Enable the setting. The AMC BIOS page for Wake On LAN is shown below under “PME Event Wake Up.”

Enable Wake On LAN in Windows

Now that you’ve enabled Wake-on-LAN in the BIOS, you must also enable it in Windows. Launch the ‘Network Connections’ screen by opening the ‘Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings’ screen. You can also get to this screen by clicking ‘Start > Run,’ and then type “control netconnections” without the quotes.
From here, right-click on your ‘Local Area Connection’ and select “Properties.”
In the Local Area Connection Properties window click the “Configure” button. You’ll be presented with all of the configuration options for your network adapter. In the “Advanced” tab, find the option for Wake-on-LAN. This might be presented as “Magic Packet” or similar. Use your judgement to determine the correct setting since different network adapter drivers will present it slightly differently. In the screenshot below you can see that my computer lists it as “Wake on Magic Packet.”

Adding MAC addresses to the BatchPatch Grid

Now that you’ve configured your computer to wake when it receives the “magic packet,” you’re ready to use BatchPatch to initiate the wake-on-LAN process. The MAC address of the target computer is required for Wake-on-LAN, and you have a couple different ways to get it into the BatchPatch grid.

Option A:
Load the target host name into the grid and then retrieve the MAC address by using the “Get Information > Get MAC Address” option. Note, that under certain conditions if a machine has many MAC addresses with multiple active network adapters, it’s possible that BatchPatch will retrieve a MAC address for an adapter that is not on the network that you expect. In this case you might have to revert to Option B.

Option B:
Load the target host name WITH its MAC address by using the following syntax in the “Add Hosts” dialog:

Sending the Magic Packet

Now that you have your hosts and MACs loaded into the BatchPatch grid, you’re ready to send the magic packet to wake the target machines. Highlight the hosts and go to Actions > Wake on LAN.

Subnet-Directed Broadcast for Wake on LAN

The default broadcast address that BatchPatch uses when performing Wake on LAN is This address is used to specify the local network that the BatchPatch computer is connected to. If you wish to direct your Wake on LAN packets to a different subnet, you may modify the broadcast address in BatchPatch by selecting the row(s), and then clicking ‘Actions > Wake On LAN > Modify broadcast address / port‘. So for example if your BatchPatch computer is on the network and your target computer to wake is on the, then you would use the broadcast address to send the magic packet.

It’s important to note that routers are frequently configured to disallow subnet-directed broadcasts, so in order for this to work you would have to configure the routers involved to allow such broadcasts.

When testing Wake on LAN it always makes the most sense to start by having the device that is sending the WoL packets on the same network as the devices that will be woken up. First get everything working with the devices on the same network before you attempt to perform WoL to a different subnet. This way once you have gotten everything working on the same network, if you then subsequently have problems with the subnet-directed WoL you’ll know that the issue is due to the cross-network configuration, not with the target computer configuration.

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