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How do you manage screensavers and lock timing?

Can you share your approach to forcing inactive workstations to lock and use of screensavers?  I’ve been asked if we can force a screensaver when inactive for 5 minutes, and force a lock if inactive for (?) 15 minutes.  

•      How long before your screensavers activate?
•      Do you force workstations to lock?
•      Do you have tiered user groups?  (Clinical, office, administrative, providers, etc??)
•      If tiered, how long is the inactivity period for each tier?
•      Do you have users groups that are excluded?
•      Are you using any 3rd party utilities to alter the “out-of-box-Microsoft-experience” for screensaver and screen-locking?

Our facility:
•      AD GPO manages a common screensaver on all workstations.  
•      We use “Screensaver Factory 6” to create a screensaver that acts like a “bulletin board” to display security messages, announcements, etc.  
•      Presently, the screensavers activate every 5 minutes, but we do aren’t forcing a lock on the workstations.  
•      We have discussed a tiered approach for business workers vs clinical.    

Thanks for your input!
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Ian MeredithCommented:
Hi Kevin,

This is our approach to this issue...  we use Windows Group Policy to enforce these configurations...

•      How long before your screensavers activate?       15 minutes
•      Do you force workstations to lock?          yes
•      Do you have tiered user groups?  (Clinical, office, administrative, providers, etc??)     no
•      If tiered, how long is the inactivity period for each tier?    N/A
•      Do you have users groups that are excluded?      Laptop users
•      Are you using any 3rd party utilities to alter the “out-of-box-Microsoft-experience” for screensaver and screen-locking?    no 3rd party utils

Cheers
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