Auto Logout Idle User

Posted on 2006-05-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Is there a way to set a policy by using group policy on a Win2k3 Environment to automatically logout a WinXp user after X amout of minutes?
Question by:AisinAuto
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    You can use winexit.scr - a screensaver utility that comes with the 2003 server resource kit. You can set the policy to use that particular screensaver - although you'll need to get it copied to a common location on all the pc's - a startup script should take care of that.
    Force user logoff after a period of inactivity - Windows XP/Server 2003

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    In group policy - you'll need to configure an OU to hold the users you want this to apply to, or add it to an existing OU but it won't work from the default users container. On the policy look at User Configuration - Administrative Tools - Control Panel Display.
    Enable the following policies:
    Hide screen saver tab
    Screensaver executable name - enter winexit.scr (no path)
    Password protect screensaver
    Screen saver timeout - set to the number of seconds before autologout.
    Note you'll need to copy winexit.scr into the %systemroot%\system32 folder on each workstation.
    N.B test this thoroughly first and once happy with it let your users know it'll happen. Make sure there's a reasonable idle time - any work open will get lost.


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