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Application Processes Linger After Programs are Closed and User Ends Terminal Server Session

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Application processes like MS Word, IE and MS Excel continue to linger in task manager after the user has logged off the TS session.

I am running User Profile Hive Cleanup Service v1.6d.  The event view shows it running successfully.  

Any clues?
Thx, matt

Running:
Windows 2003 Standard
SP2
MMC v3.0
Quad Xeons 2.0
4GB Ram

as a:
TS 2003
File Server
DC
DNS
DHCP
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Hi there!
So for some reason certain user processes don't want to close when the user logs out? There could be several reasons but I'm sure you're not interested in those... :)
What you can do is add a GPO to your terminal server that will run a Logout Script. The script only needs one line:
TASKKILL.EXE /F /FI "USERNAME eq %USERNAME%"
This will make sure no processes started by that user will survive his logging out.
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Duh...
How sweet it is, simplicity that is.

I am going to go aheah and create the GPO.  One thing though I would like to know the possible reasons for the hang ups.  Incase it might be a systemic problem.

Thanks again,
matt
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So simple, yet so elegant.
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