If you have 1,000 computers and don’t want them all to power on at the same time, but rather come on at different times, you can use a simple Python script to do so. I use this in an educational setting where each lab needs a different power setting so that they don’t all power on at once and crash the server when they all try to contact it at once. It is also a little easier on the power grid.
This works well because my computers have a consistent naming convention of Building-Role-Room-ComputerNumber. So if my building was A, role was student, room was W105, and computer was 03, the computer name would be A-Student-W105-03. Now, I can split the computer name at the dash symbol and use the different components as my criteria.
So in the script, I just split the computer name and call upon certain elements to determine what power settings to apply. Now I can send a single script to every computer and they will all get the appropriate settings.