Sharepoint 3.0 on SBS 2008 - how to set up forced logout after 10 minutes of inactivity

I'm new to Sharepoint, but have much experience in all other aspects of SBS.

We have created a Sharepoint site for my client, and I've created multiple users, but what we want is to have users logged out of the Sharepoint site after 10 minutes of inactivity.  At present, I have the users log in directly to the site via

I've tried both of these methods:
(Paul Stork's answer)


Neither of those seemed to work.  I'm using a computer not on the domain from off-site for my tests.

I appreciate any advice on solving this.

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zephyr_hex (Megan)Connect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
forms authentication is generally the method people use for external users.

you don't really need to convert.  sharepoint can handle BOTH methods of authentication...
so, you'll  extend sharepoint to a new zone, and use forms authentication for that "new zone".

zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
what type of authentication is being used?

also, this isn't so much a question of sharepoint logging out... because it's not really sharepoint that handles the authentication.

dmessmanAuthor Commented:
You're asking if I'm using Windows for forms authentication.  

In the sample I want to troubleshoot, it's an off-site user using a non-domain machine.  When going to the web site where you log in - it looks like Windows authentication that comes up - see image below.  Is that true?  Would forms authentication be better?  And if so - how do I switch?

If this isn't a sharepoint logout issue, where would I handle this? authentication
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zephyr_hex (Megan)Connect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
what i mean is that sharepoint doesn't handling logging in and logging out... the authentication method handles logging in and logging out.

which means the timeout would be handled in authentication.

for example, Forms authentication has a setting for timeout.

windows authentication is more tricky... because if you "log out"... you're logging them out of AD, which may not be your intention.

you might see if this does the trick in the case of windows authentication:
dmessmanAuthor Commented:
so it sounds like I want to move to forms authentication.  How do I do that?  Sorry - I'm a noob with IIS and Sharepoint.  Are there any downsides to moving to forms authentication?  Will RWW still work like it always has in terms of logins and use?
dmessmanAuthor Commented:
reagrding forms authentication, I found this:

and it really seems like forms authentication is what I want to do.  I was already annoyed by the fact that each time I wanted to grant an external user to use the Sharepoint site, I had to set them up in active directory.  I'll review that article.  If there are any other recommendations on converting to forms authentication, I'd appreciate them.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
FBA is used to SSO via the Remote Web Workplace on SBS.

dmessmanAuthor Commented:
forms authentication is the answer for what I need.  I wish it was easier to implement, but it's the answer.
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