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Multiple users logging into domain pc with locking screensaver

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We have recently migrated from NDS to AD environment.  I have a customer-service oriented machine (XPPROSP3) with multiple domain user profiles configured.  Users need to log into the machine to assist customers but will find the screen saver locked under another user's profile.  Without exempting this machine from the screensaver policy, is there any way for the standard use to toggle to their login with the screen locked?  I do not want to exempt the screensaver policy due to location of this machine and access to financial systems.
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by:Kent Dyer
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Look at the RDP Settings in the Admin part of the Control Panel
Terminal Services Configuration
Right-Click on RDP-Tcp
Select Properties
Go to Sessions

You can setup disconnect sessions, limits, etc.

HTH,

Kent
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by:Sarang Tinguria
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Windows 7 is best for your requirement
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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There is no way for the standard use to toggle to their login with the screen locked.
The one exception is setting the screen saver to the login screen saver, a trick normally only available in XP Home.
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by:copasupport
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Thank you for your comments, however, XPPro is what I have to work with at this time.  Instead of allowing an exception to the policy I am considering logging of the console user at 9.5 minutes of idle time (before screen locks) using psshutdown or some scheduled task.  I have not successfully had the scheduled task run before the screen locks yet.  Can run the .bat manually fine.  Suggestions?
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s/be logging off the console user
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by:Joseph O'Loughlin
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As you can't pass command line parameters to a screen saver, wrote a batch file to eo what you need, use bat2exe to make an executable, renaming that to a .scr to be invoked instead of the screen saver
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Tony Barkdull earned 300 total points
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If security is not an issue, you can make each of the users' a local admin on this PC and then they can force the logoff of the current logged on user. Then they can login successfully.

You might also have a look at this

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/winexit.htm
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Am not ready to make users local admin but am playing with winexit as an alternative.  Thank you for the suggestion.
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