Set Screensaver without GPO?
Posted on 2010-11-11
I have about 500 machines that I support and I need to set the screensaver duration to the corporate standard. The problem here is that the use of GPO from the AD level will never be an option for us(not my choice, just the way it is.) What are my options?
The local computer policy works very nicely but I have not found a way to script that. I read about creating your own security policy, but everything I've read seems to suggest that it can only be done at the machine level, but the screensaver settings are at the user level. The only other option I can think of that might work is the registry. The problem with that is that screensaver settings are stored in the current user hive so I will miss machines if no users are logged in.
All these machines are Windows XP and I have a utility like psexec to run any automation method on all the machines. I plan to have this run nightly to enforce the settings. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.