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My client has a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise that user logon to as a Terminal Server, we would like to only allow logoff as the users seem to make the mistake, on repeated occasions, to restart the remote computer instead of their own.
Is there a way that when the user clicks on Start the only option is Logoff
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Jeannie
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I have not actually used this, but this link will show you how to disable Shutdown using a Group Policy:
http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000499.htm
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IME, ordinary users should not be offered the choice to shutdown or restart the TS/RDS server.  Can you verify the users have no admin privileges?
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Hi,

In our Citrix environment we have this policy set and it ensure users can only log off and not shutdown/restart the servers.

User Config>Admin Templates>Start Menu and Taskbar

If that doesn't work let me know and I will have another check of the GPO we have set.
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to answer Larry, the users have admin privileges because they are required to run the program that they use on the remote server
As for Roshan, where do I find "user config"
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Its in the group policy management console when you go to create a new policy. Usually the group policy management console is found on the domain controllers.
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Ask your programmer exactly what folders /files need admin rights and give the users full control of those.  Full admin for folks that can't remember to NOT turn off the RDS server is just asking for future trouble.
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Users should never have admin privileges in a corporate environment! That breaks the point of giving users enough privileges to do their job and not too much so they can do damage.

I agree with Larry completely! You need to carry out an evaluation of the application and the privileges it requires as for any environment if users need admin rights to run anything then it can't be fit for purpose/use.
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You are both right, however, until I talk to the app's programmer, this is how far I have gotten:
- Server Manager
- Features
- Group Policy Management
- Forest
- Domain
- Name of the domain

I am looking for User Config>Admin Templates>Start Menu and Taskbar but cannot seem to find it, am I looking in the right location

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Click on group policy management the right click on the ou where the users are in and then select create new gpo and link it here. Then you should see user configuration.
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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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I was going to say "change apps" if you could not get this narrowed down, but I figured it would be obvious and expensive.  Best to get the programmer to come into the 21st century and change his code.  Even quickbooks no longer requires full admin privileges.
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I right-clicked on the ou, I picked the "create a new GOP in this domain, and link it here...", I gave it a name but the only thing that happens is that Group Policy Modeling appears in the tree.
I am new to this, so I am not quite sure how to create the group policy to only retain logoff
Thank you for your help
Jeannie
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I found what I was looking for, thank you for your help
I will definitely talk to the programmer on Monday
Thank you again
Jeannie
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