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    Securing Client Workstation (Windows XP)

    Our office is planning to upgrade to Windows XP sometime this summer. We currently use Windows 2000 on the client side and don't have screen saver passwords or any other setting in place to restrict access to an unattended computer after a pre-defined period of time. At this time, we put the responsibility on the end user and tell them to lock the pc if they are leaving their desks and restart when leaving for the day. So, my question is: what are my options for locking/securing an end users station in the Windows XP client environment?

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    Re: Securing Client Workstation (Windows XP)

    Windows XP and 2000 seem to be mostly the same in this regard. Definitely less problematic to use the screen saver than to use suspend mode. You might be able to enforce it through Group Policy.

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    Re: Securing Client Workstation (Windows XP)

    You may even find the method to enforce a password-protected screensaver here at Experts Exchange.

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    Re: Securing Client Workstation (Windows XP)

    I just bought a license for a product called Screen pass. http:// http://www.bgrove.com/index.htm

    It had the feature set we were looking for. You can centrally managed PP screen savers and idle logout and allowed/disallowed screensavers. Works on Win2k, WinXp,recognizes Novell and Windows logins.

    We use it to enforce locking of sensitive workstations whose users are not "savvy" (concerned) enough to make sure they are logged off when away from their desks and to log out our "walk-up" shared workstations after use. Works well. $195 for 25 user license.

    There is also a "logoff" screen saver in the Resource kit that might work for you.

    Also consider setting the password protection on for all your user workstations, and (your management) sending out a policy email explaining the benefits of and encouraging the use of the PP SS. Sometimes a word to the wise is sufficient.

    Jim Helfer
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