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Please can you tell me which is the more secure method of leaving a Windows 2K server unattended, locking it or logging off.
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Greetings mmilhofer,
Either will work - it's just that logging off will take longer to log back on (use it for when you will be away for extended periods of time vs. a short while)
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The downside to locking is that users without admin rights can't unlock the workstation and thus may be paging you to do so...
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by:sunray_2003
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Well with respect to security it depends on how much intelligence a person has to break into the system
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even if you lock it , I would guess shutting down the machine and restarting it would bring to the same state as log off ( well it will ask you to logon)

Is there anything you are specifically worried about ? well if you lock , then you can have your process and application running
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True - if you're running specific processes under your account, you would need to lock the machine to have them continue - if they're run under a system/domain account though - either will still work for you...
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by:Stan Reeser
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Yes but if you lock and someone else logs on ( admin, e.g.)  and you have open apps you will lose unsaved data just FYI

So save your stuff before you lock it.
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If you leaves your computer for lunch or limited time, use lock

If you leaves your computer for several hours, and know, that you are coming back the same day, use logoff

If not, use shutdown

Many Regards
Jorgen Malmgren
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Denmark

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Thank you for all your replies. This has been very helpful.
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by:Stan Reeser
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I actually have mine set to lock when the screensaver kicks in... It will also suspend after an hour... so I never have to logoff or shutdown.
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>"Thank you for all your replies. This has been very helpful."

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