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How can I prevent users from logging off and leaving devices attached?

How can I prevent users from logging off from an XP network and leaving devices attached (i.e. USB Disks or other disks in drives)? I believe it is possible to check on logout and prevent logout until a device has been removed, but I don't know how to do it.

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One possible way to do this would be to have a script (either a batch file or a WSH file) that runs at logoff, and which checks the number of available drives against a list somewhere. If there are more drives available than normal, the user gets a warning and logoff is aborted.

Apparently Peter Paquette of the University of Washington, Tacoma, has written a script to detect when this sort of thing happens, but it is not available publicly (see for more information).

This was first published in February 2005

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