How do I configure WIN 7 Pro to allow only one user at a time
Posted on 2012-03-30
I am beginning to think this is not possible given I have worked on it for days using the server's group policy as well as local and Local Security Policy. Add to that, paying Microsoft $259.00 to show me what I already knew didn't work.
To try to keep this concise, I will simply state what my objective is. I simply want, like it was in XP Pro on my domain, to automatically log one user out when another user logged in. When a computer had been logged off, you would be at the Windows Welcome Screen and anyone with the proper log on credentials could log in. If, however, the computer were locked, the previous user was logged on and all of his/her programs, etc. were still active.
Another user with local admin privileges could log in with their username and password as it didn't remember the last user. But, when they hit enter to log on, they were given the message that they would be logging off the other user. For our network that was a good thing.
In group policy, I enabled "Hide Entry Points For Fast User Switching." This didn't work. I then used the Local Security Policy to "Do Not Display Last User Name." Requiring CTRL + ALT + DEL didn't seem to change things either way.
In playing around with these settings, you either make it where anyone can log in no matter how the log in screen got there or some scenarios where remembering the last username allowed only that user to log in.
Anyway, no matter how I set it up, when a second user logged on, the other user continued to stay logged in as would any other user. This causes problems with backups and running the same program for two different users.
So, maybe all this info is helpful or maybe confusing. But, again, I just want WIN 7 Pro on a domain using SBS 2008 Standard to only allow one user at a time.