Locking Computer Desktops and Citrix

Posted on 2006-04-13
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
If I could set this to 1000 points I would.

We have set a Group Policy on a Test OU to enforce desktop lockouts after 10 minutes.  This is a user policy set through Admin templates/Control Panel/Display.

This works just like it should.  After 10 minutes of no activity the desktop locks.  However, for the people that use Citrix, the Citrix session will also lock after 10 minutes because the same user account is being used.

Does anyone know of a workaround so this does not affect the Citrix users?  

We could put all the users in a exception OU without this policy applied, but that is over half the employees.  
Question by:jjparrott
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    I make one GPO for the OU where your user accounts reside and another GPO for a "TerminalServers" OU.  I put my standard policies on the first OU and the Citrix specific policies on the other OU.  This should only apply the user policies when the account logs onto a Terminal Server; the other policy is in effect on the other machines.  Does this sound like what you were asking for?  
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    It does.  Do you use loopback processing for the policy on your TS servers?
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    Yep, and "Block Policy Inheritance".  I try to stop all upstream policy on my Terminal Servers and re-do the domain wide stuff at the OU level.  It lets me keep a bit more control over what is going to apply.  
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    The loopback processing works, just disabled screensaver timeout on the policy applied to the Terminal Servers.

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