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Auto logoff in Win 2000/2003 environment

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I am wondering how I might set a policy for only a few machines (Win 2k and Win XP desktops) to auto logoff after some idle time period.  I currently have a policy that auto locks after some idle time for the whole domain, but I want to logoff certain machines (conference rooms, public machines, etc...) and keep the auto lock feature company wide.

Any thoughts appreciated.

Brian

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by:luv2smile
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Implement the WinExt screensaver via group policy to the machines you want it to apply to (note: you'll need to enable loopback processing since you want a user setting to apply to computers).

http://www.tburke.net/info/reskittools/topics/winexit.htm

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/winexit.asp
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by:BJKleber
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Thanks for the fast reply.  

I currently have a group policy in place under the Admin templates in Display.  I have the Screensaver options enabled and this works well for locking all machines in the AD.  I would like to keep this screensaver lock in place, but also have a second policy specific to 4 - 6 machines in the AD that auto logs them off.

Any thoughts on creating a second policy that fires before the global one and only for several machines?

I appreciate the help.

Thanks,
Brian
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Well this is exactly what active directory and group policies are designed for.....you organize your AD by creating OUs (with group policy in mind) for your users and computers and then apply group policy to the specific OUs.

Just create an OU for those comptuers- move the comptuer objects into the OU and apply the policy to that OU. Remember, as I said, since this is a user setting (it is under the user config section of the policy), you'll need to do something called loopback processing.

Here is info. on loopback processing:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/33a8ff54-151a-47b7-a6c3-92aab07c2d13.mspx

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=231287


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