Switch on your remote server – Still you did not have an physical access

As you think today’s technology, we are working from remote locations. Physical server will locate somewhere in thousands of miles long. If you think an emergency situations such as server is shutdown UN-unexpectedly it’s  may due to power issue, it’s may be due to cooling issue and so an.. in this situation you have to wait for the engineer who will come and switch on the server. If you think this server is serving the data for the production then..!! Don’t worry by doing below steps you can switch on your remote server without having the physical access to it.

By mistake, when you shutdown a system instead of rebooting, you can use Wake-on-LAN to power on the server remotely. Also, If you have a server that don’t need to be up and running 24×7, you can turn off and turn on the server remotely anytime you want.

We have to enable the Wake on LAN using magic packet settings in BIOS and NIC settings.

  • You can use Wakeonlan when a machine is connected to LAN, and you know the MAC address of that machine.
  • Your NIC should support wakeonlan feature, and it should be enabled before the shut down. In most cases, by default wakeonlan is enabled on the NIC.

BIOS Settings

Bios settings for wak on LAN

BIOS Settings WakeonLAN

In Windows Operating System

Go To. Start –> Computer –>Right Click –> Manage –> Device Manager –> Select Ethernet –> Right Click

Device Manager - NIC Settings

Device Manager – NIC Settings

Device Manager - NIC Properties

MAC Operating System

MAC wakonLAN


Linux Operating System

~$ sudo apt-get install ethtool 
~]# yum install wol*
~]# ethtool ens33

Wake on LAN - Linux

option d = disabled

option g = enabled

# ethtool -s eth0 wol g

After all the above settings are done. Download and install application below application for windows OS.

Wakeonlan step 1Select Language and Click Ok

click Next

Click Next

Wake on LAN - folder PathClick Next

Wake on LAN - NextClick Next

Wake on LAN - NextClick Next

Wake on LAN - NextClick on Install

Wake on LAN - finish

open application and File menu –> New Host

Wake on LAN MAc Address

Install wakeonlan package for ubuntu

$ apt-get install wakeonlan
$ wakeonlan 00:1f:d0:e8:c1:24
Sending magic packet to with 00:1f:d0:e8:c1:24

using above command we can send and magic packet

Install wol package for RHEL / Centos / Fedora / Linux Mint

# yum install wol*

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Ankam Ravi Kumar

Working as Linux / Storage Administrator L3. Interested in sharing the knowledge.

1 Response

  1. blank karan says:

    Nice instructions. Thanks . Did the same setup recently.

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