I currently use a product called activesaver that was freely distributed by
Winability http://www.winability.com. With activesaver you can set the
screen-saver to logoff, restart, or shut down the computer automatically
after a period of user inactivity. You can also make it run a program of
your choice automatically before ending a Windows session.
I wrote a batch file that copied activesaver.scr into c:\winnt\system32 and
imported a registry key that set the screensaver to logoff the inactive user
but first prompt them that the system was going to log them off. Within the
local group policy I set activesaver.scr to be the local systems screensaver
and set the amount of time before activating the screensaver.
You may also want to check out winexit.scr from the Windows 2000 Resource
If you have any questions please let me know.
Daniel J. Kilfoy
Saint Louis University
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From: Ackerman, David (LCC - jda) [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2004 1:08 PM
Subject: Time Outs on Workstations
We are a Banner school with over 250 PCs available to students through
multi-purpose computer labs. We have had some occurrences of students not
logging off of the network after using one of these machines and then
another student coming to that workstation and sending an inappropriate
email from this first student's account. I am looking for a way to reduce
this type of an occurrence without inconveniencing faculty and staff
machines logged onto the same network.
Does anyone had a similar issue and resolved it? If so, how? I have
thought about locking the workstation after an idle time out, but I do not
want to lock a lab workstation with a student's ID. I have thought about a
forced log out after an idle time out, but I do not want to force this on
Faculty/Staff and students within their dorm room.
Thank you for your help.
Chief Information Officer
3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
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