Force user to log off after being idle

Posted on 2007-10-08
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Can i force a user to logoff when their terminal has been idle for some time. im interested in doing this for win2000 machines on sbs2003 domain. I dont want to use logon hours which is the only option i found in Domain Security settings.
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What is the Terminal Server running? 2003 or 2000?

I usually use this guide as a starting point, just to make sure I cover all the basics.

I have only tried this on Server 2003 servers, so I'm not sure if all the settings are available on older OSs.

This does include a section that limits logon sessions, you will find what you need in there - among a host of other lockdown settings!
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OK I just looked through the guide, it doesn't cover your exact question, so here's what you need:

Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Terminal Services > Sessions >

Here you'll find several policies you may want to configure, including:

"Sets a time limit for active but idle Terminal Services sessions"

I assume you're familiar with group policy, but let me know if you need further information.



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if we are talking about terninal server session then you can set a limit in the terminal server sessions as described above

If this a "normal" workstation rather than terninal service then these is no built in feature for this - however you can do it with some clever scripting see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/feb07/hey0209.mspx
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Aha.. good point KCTS - I saw terminal and straight away thought terminal server... on another look, your answer is probably what the author was after...
I haven't had any Windows 2000 for a long time now so I don't even know what group policies can be applied to them!!
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There is a simple screen saver for that: winexit.scr
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314999 and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297267 tells you how to get and configure it.

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