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How do you adjust screen saver timeout and "password protect on resume" on the GUI-free Windows Server Core 2008?

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Normally in XP or Server2003, I'd either go into control panel and adjust the display settings, or I'd run DESK.CPL (or desktop.cpl in 2000 or 98 or whatever).

However all desk.cpl does in 2008 and Vista is give you screen resolutions. The only CPL files I found were INTL and TIMEDATE. Since you don't have control panel or "Personalize" in the command-prompt-only Server Core, how do you adjust those settings?

I'm training on it right now and am running 2008 on a VM/Virtual PC, but it keeps going to screensaver and asking me to log in each time. If it was a production server or connected to the internet I would understand the security risk but neither of those conditions are being met.
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Check out this link:
http://redmondmag.com/columns/article.asp?editorialsid=3061

"By default, the screensaver on a Windows Server Core computer locks the screen after 600 seconds, or 10 minutes. If this doesn't suit you, use one of the few GUI tools included with Server Core, the Registry Editor. To start it, type regedit at the command prompt, then edit any of the following registry keys: 
 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveActive 

(Change this from 1 to 0 to disable the screensaver.) 
 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\SCRNSAVE.EXE 

(Change this from logon.scr to scrn save.scr to switch from the Windows logo screensaver to the blank screen version.) 
 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaverIsSecure 

(Change the value from 1 to 0 if you don't want Windows to prompt you for credentials when waking the server.) 
 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut 

(Edit this value to change the timeout from its default value of 600 seconds.) "
 
 

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oh DUH! Registry Editor! Why didn't I think of that? I tested it and it worked. I logged off and on first so I can't say for sure if the changes were effective immediately but that's hardly an issue.

Thanks!
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