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    Temporary block on network login

    Hi All

    I need to stop users logging into our Windows 2003 server for a short while while a hard drive is replaced.

    What is the best way to do this?

    I was going to change the logon hours for all the user accounts...or is their a better/quicker/smarter way?

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    Pull the network lead out??

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    Unplug the network cable?:P

    Is it a hot-plug drive? If so you shouldn't need to stop log-ons as they won't work anyway until the array is reconstructed.

    If not hot-plug the machine will be switched off anyway!!

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    I thought about that...but...

    I leave for home before all the users do and I start after many people arrive and start work...

    Plus I might want o login to test thing before I let anyone else try it...

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    stop the netlogon service?

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    No offence, but if you only work while users are in school then you are going to disrupt them. Send a memo (or message via the network) for everyone to save work and that the network will be unavailable for use.

    Force a shutdown of the machines remotely to ensure that all accounts are logged out. Change the logon hours or disable everyones accounts while you do the maintenance and test it. Simply chage the settings back when you are happy and let users log on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadjs View Post
    Hi All

    I need to stop users logging into our Windows 2003 server for a short while while a hard drive is replaced.

    What is the best way to do this?

    I was going to change the logon hours for all the user accounts...or is their a better/quicker/smarter way?

    dissable their accounts

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    'net pause server' at the command prompt, then tell everyone to log off those that don't after a while just kill the sessions.

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    I was doing work over half term and wanted to be certain that nobody logged on before I got in - I was planning on being in first, but wanted to make sure I beat then all to it.

    We have already set the user logon hours in AD:
    Staff cannot logon between midnight and 7am
    Pupils cannot logon between 6pm and 7am
    Using group policy - logoffs for all except Office staff are enforced in their "no logon hours"
    (Group Policies:
    Computer Settings > Windows settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
    Enable " Network: Force logoff when logon hours expire")

    When I wanted to work at half term : After lunch on the Friday, I changed the logon hours for staff so they couldn't logon between midnight and Midday (You can do this in one hit - selecting all users in an AD group)... I wasn't worried about pupils; there was no chance of them turning up!

    That way nobody could logon before I got in on the Monday morning. I did a walk round when I arrived to check everything was powered down and got on with it. The last job before I finished on Monday morning was to reset the logon hours. It worked a treat.
    Last edited by elsiegee40; 28th February 2008 at 03:52 PM. Reason: add in GP for forced logoff

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    Go into "Services" and stop the "Netlogon" Service no one will be able to log on then.

    Butuz

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