[gptalk] Re: Logoff Users after office with Winexit.scr

  • From: "Alan & Margaret" <syspro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 17:03:27 +1000

Hi Pankaj,


Not sure if it is the best solution, or worth the effort but Group
Preferences has some features that could work.  


Firstly you can create a preference that copies down the registry Key that
controls the Screensaver (Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control
Panel\Desktop ) and set it to your "Normal" screensaver. You can then set a
second preference that has a time filter on it so that it only runs between
6.00 pm and 7.00 a.m that sets the same registry key to Winexit.scr. The
only problem could be that preference processing doesn't do a "refresh" of
the desktop so it may not pick up the change. Of course it will only reset
when Group Policy Processing runs, so it will reset sometime between 7.00
and 8.00. 


Preferences can run on your environment, but you need to install it and you
will need a Vista machine to manage it.


Alan Cuthbertson



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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Pankaj Bhakta
Sent: Friday, 12 September 2008 2:39 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Logoff Users after office with Winexit.scr


Hi All,


I am having a bit of problem with few users who always forget to log off
after office hours. I wish to log them off after 2 hours of inactivity after
office hours.


I have read about the Winexit.scr and tested it on a test environment. It
works alright but I have a domain based GPO that invokes the password
protected screen saver after 10 minutes of inactivity. 


I cannot figure out how both objectives can be achieved ie during office
hours if a desktop is running with 10 minutes of inactivity then it will get
locked with the password protected screensaver but after office hours even
if the password protected screen saver become active after 10 minutes of
inactivity, the Winexit.scr will throw its muscle and log off the user.


Our environment is Win 2K3 domain and XP SP2 desktops and laptops.





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