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How to set logoff for disconnected users

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    Join Date : Oct 2009
    Reno
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    How to set logoff for disconnected users

    Is there a method, GPO or Registry, that I can set where it will automatically Logoff (as opposed to remain disconnected) a user that has locked their session and left for the day or week? I have searched through the GPeditor and haven't been able to find anything obvious, and I need to set a Local policy since I do not have rights to affect this change on a Domain Controller. I have about 15 Domain attached machines and I frequently have users that will rather than logoff at the end of the day or their shift, will just lock up the machine which forces the next shift user to "Switch User" And with the rotating, long duration shifts that my users work, it is not uncommon for a user that walks away to remain "disconnected" for 3-5 days. I would really like to set the machines the Automatically Log Off a users account if they've been "disconnected" for 12 hours. The Supervisory feeling on this is: If whatever the user has open on their login is THAT important, then they should be more Responsible with their computer usage by saving their documents and then Logging Off before leaving the work area, No consideration will be given to items lost due to a locked session that Times Out. Additionally, does anyone know what is preventing Administrators from being able to Logoff "disconnected" users from the Task Manager "Users" Tab. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: How to set logoff for disconnected users

    kooch wrote:

    > Is there a method, GPO or Registry, that I can set where it will
    > automatically Logoff (as opposed to remain disconnected) a user
    > that has locked their session and left for the day or week? I have
    > searched through the GPeditor and haven't been able to find
    > anything obvious, and I need to set a Local policy since I do not
    > have rights to affect this change on a Domain Controller. I have
    > about 15 Domain attached machines and I frequently have users that
    > will rather than logoff at the end of the day or their shift, will
    > just lock up the machine which forces the next shift user to
    > "Switch User" And with the rotating, long duration shifts that my
    > users work, it is not uncommon for a user that walks away to remain
    > "disconnected" for 3-5 days. I would really like to set the
    > machines the Automatically Log Off a users account if they've been
    > "disconnected" for 12 hours. The Supervisory feeling on this is: If
    > whatever the user has open on their login is THAT important, then
    > they should be more Responsible with their computer usage by saving
    > their documents and then Logging Off before leaving the work area,
    > No consideration will be given to items lost due to a locked
    > session that Times Out. Additionally, does anyone know what is
    > preventing Administrators from being able to Logoff "disconnected"
    > users from the Task Manager "Users" Tab. Thanks in advance.
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    Join Date : Oct 2009
    Reno
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    Vista 64bit Ultimate
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    Re: How to set logoff for disconnected users

    How well does this work with Vista 64 Ultimate? I have seen posts that say this doesn't work with vista. Additionally, is it correct to assume that this is a Microsoft Product since it is part of the Server 2003 Resource Kit? I am on a very restricted network and the number of 3rd party software apps on the Approved Products List is very few, this is why I am looking for a GPO or Registry fix. I have tried to set the time limits in the "Sessions" tab found in the user account properties in Active Directory Users and Computers, but this had no affect positive or negative. I really find it hard to believe that this should be this difficult to configure.

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