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I have a number of windows 2008 r2 hosts...and I would like to have the screens automatically lock after 10 minutes of inactivity.       My first thought was to create a group policy to set the screensaver/timeout/lock option.    No problem with this...and the machines pick it up and you even see the proper settings in the screensaver dialog.

The problem that I am having is...the screensaver never kicks on.     I have the screensaver exe set to scrnsave.scr and the screensaver timeout is set lower than the display timeout.      This happens on ts sessions / and several workstations.

What am I missing?
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Are you applying the GPO to the whole domain or just to the TS servers?

This is a User gpo.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Windows_Networking/Q_24378484.html
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I have the gpo applied to a small ou of w2k8 servers.   I did enable loopback policy processing for this gp.     The policy itself is getting to the machines, meaning I can see that the screensaver is set and is the proper timeout.   It just never triggers.

Thoughts?
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So, you are getting the policy.

Run gpresult to see what is actually going on the applying
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This shows that the policy has been applied but
For whatever reason it never kicks off
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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There is a setting that is not set.

Check this out since you are running 2008 you can set the Admin template see if this works.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/172295-46-allow-screen-saver-group-policy-setting
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