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Is there a way to circumvent the (network established)security settings for my computer.

They have the system set to go to screensaver after 15 minutes and require a password.  They also have the properties disabled, though I am a local administrator.

Can I make a change in the registry?  Thank you for your help.
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If you're a local administrator, you can do anything you like in registry

But if "They" are domain administrators, you can't have your question answered here:
According to Expert-Exchange Member Agreement - 3. Guidelines for Use - It's not allowed

Please specify if your are a domain user on a network with domain adminstrators, or if you are having this problem on your homecomputer.

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Jorgen Malmgren

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Actually, I am a domain admin as well.  I just want to set a single PC screensaver characteristics differently.
If the screensaver is set with domain policy in w2k advanced server (overrides local policy), you have to move "the single computer" to another OU i Windows without this policy, and leave all the other computers in the OU where they are.
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Sorry to sound dense, but what is an OU?

Also, I have one machine that has the same settings, but does not actually behave in that fashion, while all others do (both are XP Pro).  Can I change a setting for that computer in my Active Directory?
Sorry -

OU means Organizational Unit - kind of a directory tree like you know from explorer with folders and subfolders.

In w2k advanced server, users by default is placed in an OU called Users, and computers in an OU called Computers. Here you can make a sub-OU for your single computer.

There can be set different domain policy settings in different OU's - that's why I answered that.

"Actually, I am a domain admin as well"
"Sorry to sound dense, but what is an OU?"

Im sorry but you are not a domain admin and if you are im taking your job next week
PRELUDE812..."you are not a domain admin"

Maybe BODETECH is a domain admin on a windows NT4 network, with w2k workstations, and have just installed a W2k Advanced server. Who knows - neither you or me.

BODETECH - please specify your network, and your admin status

trywaredk.. sorry I have to agree with prelude812 on this one.  If this guy does not know what an OU is he's not and admin an his question is against site policy.


Ok...this has become quite the hotbed here.

Accuracy is everything.

My rights are those of a Domain Admin.  My function is that of SW Manager.  My training is not that of a Domain Admin...therefore I do not know "the lingo".

Our Network is using Active Directory on a 2k server (about 90 computers).  I am not responsible for all of the computers.  I just want to adjust one of them.

I hope that this clarifies the status...and prelude812...I would expect a withdrawal of your false assumptions.  The issue that was raised in the initial response was related to permissions.  I have the rights to do what I would like to do, and the specific permission to do this adjustment.  I simply needed a hand.  This was not an invitation for you to try to create a band wagon!  

MSGeek, based on the above your comment is incorrect as well.  My efforts are within stated authorizations at our organization.
Ok BodeTech- here is what you have to do
go to you  Network Administrator, tell him the problem, the only way for you to change this is to take your computer out of the OU with the applyed security credentials. he will then have to create a new OU, a new GPO, and put your objects in that OU.
there is you awnser
Thanks M8


Chuckle - I give the points to Prelude because he makes me laugh.

In his determination to rub my nose in the my inexperience on teh NetAdmin side, he is quite Washintonian with his acronyms.

The Group Policy Object will provide the flexibility that I need.  Quite honestly, I was mostly curious as to why one of the development machines had the same screen saver settings, but never locked, while all others do.  This was primarily a research experiement.

BODETECH..."Accuracy is everything."

Yes indeed - I provided you 08/29/2003 09:25PM CEST with the same answer as PRELUDE812 did 09/02/2003 03:26PM CEST, but missed one little (but important) issue.

I forgot to tell you to go to your network administrator about the OU stuff, instead of asking you to do it.

Accuracy is everyting - so in my opinion, you was right to give PRELUDE812 the points, but maybe with a grade of A.

I'm only answering this, to teach my self and other experts to read and understand

:o) Have a nice day with your next experiment.

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