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To Lock or Log Off?

mmilhofer
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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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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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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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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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Thank you for all your replies. This has been very helpful.
Stan ReeserTechnology Strategist

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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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