Systems Management Question

Log off current user so another user can sign in?

11/14/2013 16517 views

Currently the ability to have multiple people signed in on one machine is killing about 4 of our applications.

I've found out how to turn off the "switch user" ability in the registry, but that is creating another issue.

Say for instance Person A signs into a computer, locks it, and walks away.

Person B wants to use this computer.

Other than finding Person A and asking them to log off, or rebooting the computer, how can Person B sign into the machine?


Thanks very much.

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  • You realize that you've actually created the problem, right? If you prevent multiple people from logging into a system, then you can't provide the ability to have multiple people log into a system . . .

    If you're unable to update those programs to a Windows Certified version which can handle multiple users, there are ways to have an auto logoff (3rd party utilities) but I'll guess you'll probably cause problems with those aforementioned apps.
  • The only way this is possible is if Person B is an administrator. If this is a shared environment like a lab then you need to either prevent users from locking the workstation or implement user education so this doesn't happen.
  • Yeah we're thinking the user education is the best route.

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I'll pipe in and agree. We disable the abililty to lock and adjust the shut down menu via group policy. We also use the AutoIT Logoff Screensaver with a generous timeout (http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit-tools/logoff-screensaver). If a user forgets to log off it will either time out or the next user will log them out (with or without going through their emails and documents first). With this setup we don't have many issues on our lab or public machines...

Answered 11/15/2013 by: jegolf
Red Belt

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You can disable the lock feature also, we only have the restart option for classrooms machines.

In our classrooms we only allow the restart to work.  This way the machine resets all programs and any previous user info is removed due to deepfreeze. 



Answered 11/15/2013 by: SMal.tmcc
Red Belt



You can find a solution in this forum:


Another option is to set a sort of idle-time-logoff but that is not a real option I think.





Answered 11/15/2013 by: cdron
White Belt

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