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I am in the unenviable position of administering an existing Windows2000 network consisting of one computer running Windows2000 server and three workstations running Windows2000 professional. They are configured as a domain. I would like to be able to set up a default user profile that would have a password-protected screensaver and - more importantly - an automatic logoff after some defined period of inactivity. Then as new user accounts are created they would automatically have these features/options already set up. I've read that it can be done in a workgroup configuration essentially by creating a new profile, configuring how you want it to be, and then copying it over as the default user profile. This method does not seem to work in this domain configuration. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.
ASKED: March 21, 2007  8:56 PM
UPDATED: February 21, 2008  5:56 PM

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I you have an Active Directory, use global policy.

If you have it as workgroup, you will need to use local policy on each of the computer

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  • Swiftd
    Here's a link for setting it up via GPO: http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/expert/KnowledgebaseAnswer/0,289625,sid1_gci1115742,00.html
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  • Buddyfarr
    also if you do not want them to change the profile then set up a profile like you want it. make sure that the profile is in it's own directory. then set access to that directory for the users to READ ONLY. Then point the user's accounts to that directory for their profiles. they will all use it as a shared roaming profile that cannot be changed.
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