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I want to create new users within Exchange 2000 that have full email functionality, but restrict them from sitting down at a workstation on our LAN (Windows 2000 domain) and log into the network.  What I'm noticing is that new users are members of the "Domain Users" group be default.  My thinking is if I remove them from this group, then they can not log into the LAN, but they also can not log into their email account (via OWA) because esentially it's part of the domain.  Am I on the wrong track here is there a way to restrict them from doing this?  

Sorry ahead of time if this question should be in the Windows 2000 Channel.
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Yeah, it probably should be in the W2k Channel, but half of the Q's there I've answered are exchange based...

In ADUC set the User "logon to" box to a computer that does not exist in your org. That means they will get denied on any valid workstation, but should still get OWA...

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harleyjd,

I added a "imaginary workstation to a test user's "Logon to" section of ADUC and at first it worked as far as keeping them from logging into workstations, but the bad news is they could not log into OWA.  I guess if you think about it, when they make an attempt to logon to OWA, what they are actually doing is logging into our Exchange server itself.

So, with that being said, I deleted the "imaginary workstation" from my test user's "logon to" box and added the name of our Exchange server.  This worked like a champ.  With this setting in place, I did some testing both on our LAN and from a remote user that accesses OWA from home.  

On the LAN they could not log into any workstations, but could successfully login to OWA.  So, I was in good shape there.

In the remote user's case, I was worried that they may still experience a problem logging into OWA since it's restricting their login to the name of our Exchange server, which may not be resolved since the workstation this user is using is entirely removed from our LAN.  However, it seemed to work just fine.

I think this will work fine.  

Thanks again!!
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