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Feature-History – Lights-Out

  • January 2024

    Lights-Out 3.8.0

    Maintenance release

    Synology HyperBackup detection improved
    The Windows users are only updated every 30 minutes to minimize access to the AD
    On QNAP, the wake-up via the calendar for the current QTS is improved
    MAC address resolution is now done by another provider, the previous one no longer works reliably

  • Mai 2023

    Lights-Out 3.7.5

    Maintenance release

    Fix support for Mono 6.12 on Synology DSM 6
    Fix start-up issues on Synology DSM 6/7
    Fix running external programs like TeamViewer, RDP etc.
    Fix console crash if user.config is damaged
    Further improve support for Active Backup for Business (Synology)

  • April 2023

    Lights-Out 3.7.4

    Maintenance release

    Add support for Mono 6.12 on Synology DSM
    Add offical support for Linux Endeavour OS
    Add official support for Veeam Agent for Windows and Linux version 6
    Improve support for Active Backup for Business (Synology)
    Improve automatic server wake-up from client Improve server execution of action

  • January 2023

    Lights-Out 3.7.3

    Maintenance release

    Fix console scaling issue (some elements in settings were not visible)
    Fix blurred macOS icon
    Fix QNAP not saving settings
    Fix unwanted server wake-up on client standby or shutdown
    Fix v1 calendar import for server
    Increase lead time for slow booting/resuming serversme for slow network cards (on Windows server)

  • October 2022

    Lights-Out 3.7.2

    Maintenance release

    Add support for QNAP QTS 5.0.1 and QMono 6.12.
    Add support for macOS 13 (Ventura)
    Fix high memory issue if client is missing on server (all systems)
    Fix wake-up on resume for slow network cards (on Windows server)

  • April 2022

    Lights-Out 3.7.1

    Maintenance release

    Add support to allow “Force secure connection (HTTPS) only” on QNAP
    Add support for special password characters on QNAP
    Add support to detect failed integrity check on Synology Hyper Backup
    Add support to detect rotation on Synology Hyper Backup
    Fix crash on Windows if WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) is damaged or not working
    Fix standby blocker on Server 2011
    Fix power request handling on Windows

  • January 2022

    Lights-Out 3.7.0


    New: Computer and Device list control in Console software
    New: Support for 2-factor authentication on QNAP and Synology NAS devices
    New: support for Synology DSM 7 (please read the installation section!)
    New: support for Windows 11 (if used as server)
    New: support for Windows Server 2022

    Backup Provider

    New: Support for Veeam Agent for Windows and Linux 5.0
    New: Support for Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office

    Client Software

    New: Support for Windows on ARM processors
    New: Support for Windows 11
    New: Support for macOS Monterey

  • December 2020

    Lights-Out 3.5.3

    Bugs fixed

    Fix #847797: Improved detection of backup start/end in Active-Backup-for Business and better handling if client goes offline during backup
    Fix #216969: Removed wake-up for Essentials Backup task, does now respect connector setting
    Fix #802710: Workaround for server based VEEAM backup
    Fix: Detection of Windows 10H2 and later
    Fix: Missing certificate on QNAP, openssl issue with .rnd file
    Fix: High CPU load in network scanner if virtual networks are present
    Fix: Synology scheduled power off because of remnants from power schedule

  • March 2020

    Lights-Out 3.5.2


    Offer server user action on context menu if client is installed on a server
    Added action to remove all outdated network devices (these are devices with an invalid ip-address
    Added support for Essentials 2016 WSSE package on a Windows Server 2019 (Mick Craven)
    Added official support for macOS Big Sur

    Bugs fixed

    Fix #968736: Show user power action on status command “save energy now”
    Show only available sleep states in device context menu Use global desktop in installer and not user desktop
    Network load detection was no longer working after a sleep/resume cycle on Linux based systems (including QNAP and Synology)
    Loading an outdated license during evaluation period does not offer upgrade discount
    Synology Active Backup for Business client side activity is now reported on server activity chart
    Windows 10 Workstation edition is now detected correctly
    Client command line uses wrong log directory on Linux
    Disabled calendar is no longer re-enable after some time
    Renaming a Synology NAS now recreates correct certificates with the new host name
    Renaming a QNAP NAS now recreates correct certificates with the new host name

  • March 2020

    Lights-Out 3.5.1


    Blog entries have a date head line. Older entries are dimmed (Console/Dashboard).
    Computer/Network/Mobile tabs have a search box (Console only)

    Bugs fixed

    Remove action after backup for community edition
    Missing client wake-up by timer if server/NAs is offline
    Client backup via calendar may fail to start
    Long delay if console is switched to another server
    Crash in QNAP service on start-up
    Detection of power saving modes on QNAP QTS
    Synology Active Backup for Business detection

  • February 2020

    Lights-Out 3.5.0


    New: Wake secondary server or computer after the primary server resumes from standby/hibernation
    New. If a reboot is pending on a Windows Server, Lights-Out can execute a reboot instead standby/hibernation.
    New: Support for QNAP NAS devices
    New: Certificates do now comply with Apples requirements for macOS Catalina / iOS 13
    New: One click install for Synology NAS (remote proxy and certificates are now automatically created and configured)

    Backup Provider

    New: Veeam Agent for Linux 3.0.2 and 4.0
    New: Support for Veeam Agent for Windows 4.0   

    Client Software

    New: Client software does now allow to disable Lights-Out on the server for 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16h.
    New: macOS Client software does now include Mono 6.8 and is notarized by Apple
    New: macOS Client does now handle .local domains itself
    New: Linux Client software does now run on Mono 5.x up to Mono 6.10.

  • May 2019

    Lights-Out 3


    New: Support for Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019 Essentials
    New: Support for Synology NAS devices
    New: Monitor web page access to detect device activity
    New: Resolve mac address to vendor

    Backup Provider

    New: Acronis True Image 2019 (both Windows and macOS)
    New: Time Machine (macOS)
    New: Carbon Copy Cloner (macOS)
    New: UrBackup (all, Windows, macOS, Linux)
    New: Hyper Backup (Synology)
    New: Active Backup For Business (Synology for Windows)


    New: Automatic server dection and certificate installation
    New: Column for mac vendor in network tab
    New: Support for client access via TeamViewer, Remote Desktop or Browser
    New: Download log files
    New: Disable client power management actions based on hardware or manually
    Improved: Double click on column border creates best fit 

    Client Software

    New: macOS Client software
    New: Linux Client software
    New: It’s now possible to change the active backup provider in the context menu
    New: You can now wake-up other client computers
    New: You can manage your server via Lights-Out Console, RDP, TeamViewer and Web browser

  • March 2019

    Lights-Out 2.5.3

    #100950 Client command line does report wrong server state
    Fixed extend maintenance dialog
    Fixed first seen time stamp
    Fixed wake-up reason
    Improved security for unauthenticated access

  • December 2018

    Lights-Out 2.5.2

    Bugs fixed

    #764356, Timer removed after Standby
    #466884 Fixed Console does no longer show recorded events
    #638492 Fixed unreliable wake-ups (tasks missed)
    #550438 Improved backup history (missing backups results)
    Fixed parameter “-update” for LightsOut2.Server.SSL application
    Fixed bug with downloading updates
    Improved handling of forced action after backup
    Added workaround for duplicate SID on client machines
    Added support for Acronis TrueImage 2019

  • July 2018

    Lights-Out 2.5.1

    Bugs fixed

    #354962 Fixed failing login after server rename or domain join
    #200111 Fixed scaling issues in Remote Desktop from High DPI system to server
    #491426 Fixed client installer warning “RemoteRegistry Service not running”
    #252270 Fixed inner forced calendar task with same action (was ignored)
    Fixed Direct Deploy error “can’t create config file”
    Fixed some dialogs with truncated translations
    Fixed Console crash if settings file is damaged

  • December 2017

    Lights-Out 2.5.0

    New features

    Added official support for Acronis TrueImage 2018.
    Added confirmation dialog for delete operations.
    Added RSS feed display to status pane.
    Added console auto login checkbox.
    Added console update.
    Added local and remote server update.
    Added automatic updates.
    Added different update channels.
    Added console device details pane.
    Added AD client deployment.
    Added setup package creation for easier deployment.
    Added better handling of damaged user settings.
    Sleep now is using standard action first.
    Updated forum link and name.

    Bugs fixed

    #280112 Non-monitored network device is not displayed in dashed style.
    #239807 First damaged json file stops reading of all devices.
    #885307 Exit code detection wrong for Acronis TrueImage 2017 after upgrade from previous version.
    #259153 Client ui scaling on high dpi display.
    #695297 Remote web access rights are not applied.
    #499002 Scheduled backup missing after slow cold boot.
    #645733 AWAYMODE not detected and prevents Standby.
    #625173 Client action timer not detecting starting backup during count down.
    #447667 Wrong server runtime chart if suspend initiated outside of Lights-Out.
    #117917 Disabled setting no longer working after reboot.
    #922018 Inner forced calendar action uses outer forced action.
    #845569 Save energy is using the configured standard action if set to standby or hibernation.
    #288154 Added new option “execute end action only if local server is online”.
    #645589 Added workaround for loading license file on a server core installation without UI.
    #593855 Fixed missing link for business maintenance.

  • May 2017

    Lights-Out 2.0.3

    Bug fix release
    Fix #400421 Failed check for domain controller blocks users account detection
    Fix #352695 After failed standby incomplete resume of monitoring and operation
    Fix #464730 CPU load monitor not working if previously disabled
    Fix: action after backup missing if calendar end is exceeded
    Fix: Apple Mac computers missing after settings change
    Fix: state check of controlled services missing on service startup

    #470330 Added support for Veeam Agent for Windows
    Added: verification for TLS 1.2 and a workaround if automatic fallback to TLS 1.1 is not working
    Added: name of monitored known task to runtime chart.
    Improved handling of backup results in console/dashboard

  • March 2017

    Lights-Out 2.0.2

    Bug fix release
    Fix #227932 Wake domain is not saved on client side.
    Fix #625005 Backup wake task is not working for setting “Always on during configured backup time”.
    Fix #997366 Disabled time span does not count down in console.
    Fix #498650 Detection of server 2016 evaluation improved.
    Fix #104472 Shutdown fails on WHS 2011 if forced.
    Fix #415692 Deadlock in Dashboard.
    Fix #746979 Console does not store individual mac addresses for each server in MRU list.
    Fix #512539 Devices are not sorted by name in uptime chart.
    Fix #512539 Calendar entry changes the end date if end is on next day.
    Fixed disabling monitors (ShadowCopies, TaskScheduler).
    Fixed shutdown blocker in Client Software if a backup is running.
    Fixed detection of storage server and server 2012 with essentials role.
    Fixed action after backup in calendar if not forced.
    Fixed missing backup veto.

    Added a status panel in console to allow sign off to connect to another server without leaving console.
    Added support for TLS 1.1 and 1.2.
    Added Windows Update monitoring (experimental).
    Added sorting of next calendar events in status tab.
    Added HD/SSD detection to installer. If a HD is detected, service start type is set to “automatic (delayed)”.
    Replaced wake tasks with waiteable timer.
    Improved backup history handling.
    Improved time to wake server after client resume/reboot.

  • December 2016

    Lights-Out 2.0.1

    Bug fix release
    Fix #386490 Crash in Acronis detection
    Fix #734008 Dashboard Crash on Essentials 2016
    Fix #193857 Better handling of existing Macintosh Computers
    Fix #452385 Double OK in properties dialog no longer required
    Fix #854478 Japanese text does now fit on license page
    Fix #971402 Improved support for Azure Cloudbackup
    Fix #940804 Fixed Cloudberry localisation issue and detection
    Fix #840216 Recurring event not visible for New Zealand time zone

    Fixed missing confirmation dialog in status – save energy
    Fixed high CPU load in service created by calendar schedules
    Fixed problem with user account detection if DC is not available at boot time
    Fixed problem with server ID detection if DC is not available at boot time
    Fixed detection of backup window change on Essentials
    Fixed Dashboard crash in Essentials 2016
    Fixed xcopy not working in batch files (backup scripts or user/system scripts)
    Fixed Dashboard/Console reconnect failure

    Added wake task for backup window on WHS/Essentials
    Added support for additional mac addresses on client (for wake-up)
    Added a workaround if Essential 2012/2016 modules are not installed (missing) on 2012/2016 Essentials
    Added wake-up via internet for console login window

  • November 2016

    Lights-Out 2.0.0

    Unified license, no longer bound to a specific platform
    Unified installer, one binary for all supported platforms
    Official support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server Essentials 2016
    Completely redesigned calendar module with support for complex recurring rules
    Supports client computer schedules
    Supports calendar groups applied to multiple computers
    A separate Management Console can be installed on any client computer to manage Lights-Out
    Management Console can manage multiple Lights-Out servers
    Management Console can manage Lights-Out servers over the Internet (remote)
    Client computers can connect via Internet (remote)
    Client computers can be controlled by Lights-Out calendar
    Lights-Out 2 supports backup monitoring on client and server to give you a centralized view and management
    Lights-Out 2 can schedule backups for client and server
    Lights-Out 2 supports many backup providers out of the box
    New sources: power requests from other software, user activity on server etc.
    Backup on client computers and server
    Automatic detection of all network devices in your LAN

  • October 2015

    Lights-Out 1.6.1

    Windows 10 improvements
    Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 support
    Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) support

  • July 2015

    Lights-Out 1.6.0

    Windows 10 support
    Windows Server Technical Preview 2 support
    Hyper-V host support

  • December 2014

    Lights-Out 1.5.7

    Bug fix release

  • October 2014

    Lights-Out 1.5.6

    Support for High-DPI display and MAC OS X Yosemite
    Column sorting in computer tab
    More command line options for client

  • December 2013

    Lights-Out 1.5.5

    Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
    Action timer on status tab

  • June 2013

    Lights-Out 1.5.4

    New standalone version of Lights-Out for desktop systems
    RDP and console monitoring

  • October 2012

    Lights-Out 1.5.3

    Support for Windows Server 2012 Essentials
    Support for mobile devices
    Client on-click backup command
    Polish translation

  • April 2012

    Lights-Out 1.5.2

    User action
    Client command line

  • June 2011

    Lights-Out 1.5.1

    Bug fix release

  • February 2011

    Lights-Out 1.5.0

    Support for Windows Home Server 2011 and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
    Mobile devices
    Mac OS X
    Client management actions
    Share monitoring
    Display of active monitors
    Uptime chart shows scheduled backup times
    Adding IP based devices

  • November 2010

    Lights-Out 1.0.4

    Second, scheduled backup by Lights-Out
    Better integration with Drive Extender on WHS v1
    Enable monitoring via tray app on client

  • June 2010

    Lights-Out 1.0.3

    Italian translation

  • February 2010

    Lights-Out 1.0.1

    Bug fix release

  • December 2009

    Lights-Out 1.0.0

    First commercial release with 30 day trial
    More monitoring options (network devices, CPU and network load, process, file, console)
    Run a program after resume
    Status page
    Client tray app

  • June 2009

    Lights-Out 0.8.2

    Licensed to Acer and pre-installed on Acer Aspire easyStore
    Uptime chart with tooltips
    Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese translations
    Version check for sbcore service

  • October 2008

    Lights-Out 0.7.7

    Remote access monitoring

  • March 2008

    Lights-Out 0.7.0

    English user manual
    Improved client installer

  • March 2008

    Lights-Out 0.6.0

    First public release!
    German user manual

  • March 2008

    Lights-Out 0.50

    First internal release for moderators on

  • January 2008

    Lights-Out 0.1

    Lights-Out starts as a private project for my Windows Home Server