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Hi,

My domain server is 2003 and my clients are XP.

I want to lock the the PC after a set amount of inactivity. So say, after 10 mins of inactivity  the computer would lock and require the user to re-insert their password. I wanted the users to manually lock their PCs if they left their PC, but this did not happen, so therefore I need to sort something at the back end.

Would group policy the solution? if so can someone explain to a novice how to set this?
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make a new GPO, link it to your PC's container and edit:

User Settings > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Screen saver timeout and Password protect the screen saver
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Sorry, i don't think i was entirely clear, I only want control- ald -delete to appear and for the user to have to manually unlock the PC after say 30 mins. I don't have any requirement for a screen saver.
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thats ok, screensaver = microsoft speak for lock da screen )
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Thanks for clearing that up :)

So I'd so this from within AD rather from GPEDIT? Like this - Locate the computers OU and then add a new group policy object there as you described in your original post  and enforce it.
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Click "Start." Type "Gpedit.msc" into the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Press "Enter."

Click "Yes" in the User Account Control prompt window, if one appears.

Navigate to the "User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization" folder in the left pane of the Group Policy window.

Double-click the "Password Protect the Screen Saver" setting in the right pane of the Group Policy Editor window.

Click "Enabled." Click "OK."

Double-click the "Screen Saver Timeout" setting in the right pane.

Click "Enabled."

Type the number of seconds you want to lock the PC after into the "Seconds" box. For example, type "600" if you want to lock the PC after 10 minutes.

Click "OK."
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1. Make a GPO per my post using group policy manager.

2. Link this GPO to either the whole domain or the specific container containing the computers you want it applied to .
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APC_40,  just as a F.Y.I, Microsoft OS's are not mainframe operating systems so please don't add mainframe operating systems to anything dealing with Windows OS's.
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Excellent thanks. GPO created and linked to an OU
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