Q

Forcing users to select a screensaver

I applied two Group Policies concerning screen savers. The first is " Password protect screen saver" the other is "Screen saver timeout". However, if a user sets the screen saver to "none" then the password protection is not applied after the specified timeout period has expired, making computers vulnerable. I could force a screen saver on the users but I'd like to allow them a choice of what to use. Is there a way to remove the option of none and still allow the users to select different screen savers?
Within Windows 2000 Server there isn't a way to allow the selection and at the same time prevent them from selecting NONE as a choice. However, you could enable the policy as you have it and then use a login script to check that the choice is set. This won't be completely foolproof as any time after login a user could change it again. However, your script could check the SCRNSAVE.EXE registry key and if it is empty (no screen save) put a default in.
This was last published in August 2004

Dig Deeper on Microsoft Group Policy Management

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchCloudComputing

SearchExchange

SearchSQLServer

SearchWinIT

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

SearchVirtualDesktop

Close