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Can I force Win 2000 Server to automatically log off users after a set time?

How can I force Win 2000 Server to automatically log off workstation users after a set time? Users are logged into the workstation with user IDs and passwords.

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There are a couple of ways to do this. To forcibly log off users at a fixed hour, you can set the valid hours for a given user. In the User Manager for Domains, double-click the user's name to bring up their properties, and click the Hours button. Select the logged-out hours for that user from the grid that comes up and select "Disallow," then click OK to apply. This will cause them to not be able to log in during the hours selected. If you want to forcibly log them out when that time comes, use the Group Policy editor to create a policy for that user, and enable the option "Automatically logoff users when logon time expires" in Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options.

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This was first published in November 2004

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