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By dennisbv ·
I Administer a small network that consists of three Win 2k servers and a mix of Windows 2000, 95 and 98 and a couple of XP. What I want to do is to make sure specific users (all but Admins)to be logged off. I have set the Logon hours to match the time I want them off but what I want is for then to get logged off to the login screen. Now there does not appear to be any thing happening with the users.

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by timwalsh In reply to Force user to log off

What IS (or should be) happening is that once the log-on hours expire, any active sessions are disconnected.

For your Win2K and Winxp clients, there is a Group Policy setting to "Automatically log off users when logon time expires." This settingcan be found on your DC in Administrative Tools | Domain Security Policy | Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options.

Win2K and WinXP users may still be able to use their systems even with the GPO above enabled. If they have the correct permissions, they can log-on to the local computer vs. the domain (although they wouldn't be able to access any domain resources.

Unfortunately, Win9X clients do not understand Group Policy so you will have to use the System Policy Editor (poledit.exe) to create a config.pol file and place it in the NETLOGON share on your DC. Poledit can be found at Admin\Apptools\Poledit folder on the Windows 95 CD-ROM, and Tools\Reskit\Netadmin\Poledit folder on the Windows 98 CD-ROM. Unfortuately, I couldn't find any options in Poledit (similar to the GPO above) for forcing a logoff. So you are out of luck for Win9x clients. This may give you some impetus to upgrade the Win9x clients (so you can use GPOs).

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