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By bgruber ·
Is there a way to force a user logoff after a pre-determined time of inactivity?

I am having problems with users not logging off the domain when they go home (to lunch, etc...), and others users are accessing the network resources from the computers.

BTW... Screen savers are a violation of corporate computer policy.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Forced Logoff?

Well, you could run SHUTDOWN.EXE from the Resource Kit, and point it to a machine you want to shut down. You can log someone off or even power cycle their machine.
There is also RESTART.VBS that does the same thing, only from the command line (using Windows Scripting Host).
And I know there is another shutdown application in the Resource Kit that pops up a countdown timer on the target workstation. It counts down, then logs the user off or even shuts them down. I just can't remember what theapp is called.
So, get the Resource Kit. There are options in it.

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by timwalsh In reply to Forced Logoff?

Yes you can as long as all your users are using Win2K. There is a setting called "Amount of idle time required before disconnecting session" found in both the local security policy on each computer and in the default domain security policy on your DC. The setting is in number of minutes.
On the local machine, the policy is found under Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy. Within the policy editor, the setting is found under Local Policies / Security Options.
To setthis domain-wide, go to Control Panel / Administrative tools. Here, make sure you choose Domain Security Policy (vs. Domain Controller Security Policy or Local Security Policy). In the policy editor, the setting is found under Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options.
Whether setting it locally or domain-wide, you enable it by checking the box labeled "Define this policy setting" and setting the idle time limit. What this setting actually accomplishes is to lock the machine in the same manner as hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL and choosing "Lock this computer. It still requires the user to hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and enter his user ID and password to regain access.
If your users are using other than Win2K, you may be out of luck without either some 3rd-party software or heavy duty scripting.

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by bgruber In reply to Forced Logoff?

Tim,
Sorry, I hit the "accept" for your answer, and rejected the first one (it didnt pertain to the question), but it rejected both for some reason.
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sorry again.

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