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    Auto logoff by GPO?

    One of the problems I have with staff at my school is that they tend to leave the computer logged in and more often than not someone will walk in, start using it and potentially do a lot of damage.

    So I was wondering if there's a way to set an autologoff after a certain time limit and set it in the GPO?

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    You could a logoff screensaver and set it up for a specific time of inactivity but I think you are going to really wind your users up doing this. Why not just set them up with the windows screensaver so that it requires a password this locks the pc after the time you have specified.

    This still winds up teachers when they use an IWB a lot as they display something and leave it up there only for the pc to lock every 5 minutes.

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    You can set a screensaver (avalible in the resource kit) that logs off as soon as it's activated. More info here:

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/winexit.htm

    Beware, setting this on teachers PC's that are used with whiteboards leads to tears.

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    You can set a screensaver (avalible in the resource kit) that logs off as soon as it's activated. More info here:

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/winexit.htm

    Beware, setting this on teachers PC's that are used with whiteboards leads to tears.
    Hadn't considered the teacher + whiteboard aspect of things so I appreciate that little added nugget of intel.

    Luckily I know exactly which PCs are used in that way so I can avoid that issue with a little judicious filtering.

    Thanks for that lot folks... and have a good weekend..

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    We've just gone down the road of implementing auto logoff just on classroom whiteboard machines purely because of staff leaving them logged in.
    We're using the winexit screensaver that gives the user 3 mins to cancel log off.
    There may well be tears, but tough as security is more of a concern than forgetful teachers

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    We had (and still have) a lot of teachers spitting feathers when we implemented an automatic lock after ten minutes. I'd hate to think what would happen if we made the machines log out.

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    Unfortunately as security is a prime concern and just locking a workstation is a pain for the next teacher who comes to use the machine, there is no alternative to the logout.
    They may well complain, but if i point out that someone could come along and delete months/years of work they might see sense.

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    Had a couple of persistent offenders who left machines logged on in pupil areas (library etc) so I moved the contents of their network folder and waited until they came running. after explaining that this could very well happen for real they saw sense and no longer do it. Harsh but fair.

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    Re: Auto logoff by GPO?

    Finally came back to this now that I have some time and found a few things to make life easier...

    1. The WinExit.scr with reg settings as part of a deployable MSI..
    http://www.jordanmills.com/deploy/winexit.msi

    2. A custom ADM file found here:
    http://blog.case.edu/djc6/2005/03/09..._log_off_users

    ... I've rewritten the ADM file to include the customisation of the warning time limit so it's included below:

    Code:
    ;; Remember in GPMC to go View->Filtering
    ;; and uncheck "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed"
    ;;
    ;; David Carlin (djc6@case.edu) 2/25/2005
    ;;
    ;; WINEXIT.SCR is located in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit
    
    CLASS USER
    
    CATEGORY  !!Screen_Saver_Policy
    
    	POLICY !!TERMINATE_APPS
    		KEYNAME "Control Panel\Screen Saver.Logoff"
    		VALUENAME ForceLogoff
    		VALUEON "1" VALUEOFF "0"
    	END POLICY
    
    	POLICY !!COUNTDOWN_TIMEOUT
    		KEYNAME "Control Panel\Screen Saver.Logoff"
    		PART !!CountDownTimerFreqSpin NUMERIC
    			VALUENAME "CountDownTimer"
    			MIN 0 
    			MAX 599940
    			TXTCONVERT
    			DEFAULT 300
    			SPIN 15
    		END PART
    	END POLICY
    
    	POLICY !!ENTER_DIALOG_MESSAGE
    		KEYNAME "Control Panel\Screen Saver.Logoff"
    		PART !!ENTER_DIALOG_MESSAGE
    			EDITTEXT
    			DEFAULT !!DEFAULT_MESSAGE
    			VALUENAME DialogMessage
    		END PART
    	END POLICY
    
    END CATEGORY
    
    [strings]
    Screen_Saver_Policy="Winexit.scr Policy settings"
    TERMINATE_APPS="Terminate running applications"
    COUNTDOWN_TIMEOUT="Enable 5 minute warning logoff notice"
    ENTER_DIALOG_MESSAGE="Warning message about being logged off"
    DEFAULT_MESSAGE="You are about to be logged out.  Press the cancel button to stop this process."
    CountDownTimerFreqSpin="Time to Shutdown in seconds"

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