Unlock workstation without closing session - Page 2
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 17 of 17

Thread: Unlock workstation without closing session

  1. #11
    Super Moderator: GMT Zone nihil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    United Kingdom: Bridlington
    Posts
    17,190
    Hi Sue,

    I am confused

    This often poses a problem for us. We often see yellow stickies asking people not to touch the system. Shutting down someones system is simply not an option.
    I haved worked with NT family environments for a good few years and have never found this a problem. You use the word "often" twice?

    My experience would suggest a frequency that "I could count on the fingers of one hand in a year"

    This suggests that you might have process/practice/procedures problems.

    As suggested by the other members, the feature is deliberate. Unless you used a cracking tool, the admin cannot look at a user's password, you can only reset it. This is to make the user wholly responsible for their desktop whilst logged in?

    IMHO to try to circumvent this will punch a great hole in your potential to enforce an AUP, as you cannot pin down the use of a workstation to a particular user at any one time?

    My questions are:

    1. Why do you "often" have to access a users workstation when they are logged in but not present?

    2. What are they running that makes them have to often leave sticky notes on their screens?

    I think that there might be a work around, but compromising the existing security would only be a very last resort, and require some considerable justification?

    Cheers
    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
    What profiteth a man if he gains the entire World at the expense of his immortal soul?

  2. #12
    Regal Making Handler
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Posts
    1,668
    No idea about 2000 but with xp you can enable fast user switching, this would allow you to log onto the admin account and show running process for all users with the task manager. Without shutting down running progs etc.
    What happens if a big asteroid hits the Earth? Judging from realistic simulations involving a sledge hammer and a common laboratory frog, we can assume it will be pretty bad. - Dave Barry

  3. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    1,027
    Originally posted here by jinxy
    No idea about 2000 but with xp you can enable fast user switching, this would allow you to log onto the admin account and show running process for all users with the task manager. Without shutting down running progs etc.
    Not while in a domain (IIRC).

    Ammo
    Credit travels up, blame travels down -- The Boss

  4. #14
    AO übergeek phishphreek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    4,324
    Thanks for the info about the VNC for windows. I did not know that you could only use one session...

    Slarty: I'd be interested in the tool you've developed. You have some very creative projects... what else have you developed?
    Quitmzilla is a firefox extension that gives you stats on how long you have quit smoking, how much money you\'ve saved, how much you haven\'t smoked and recent milestones. Very helpful for people who quit smoking and used to smoke at their computers... Helps out with the urges.

  5. #15
    AO Guinness Monster MURACU's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    paris
    Posts
    1,003
    I am not sure if fast user switching will work if the computer is attached to a domain but if it is just to see what is running then I would go with phishphreek80. Pstools will give you all the information you need as long as you are in the local administrators group.

    Edit I hit submit half an hour after writing my reply without actualising the page so didnt see all the updates
    \"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.\"
    \"The reason we are so pleased to find other people\'s secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own.\"
    Oscar Wilde(1854-1900)

  6. #16
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    2
    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for all your replies. Wow, I just discovered this board and man does it get results

    The systems I am working with are installed in a lab where not just I but other people
    must have access to. It is company policy to have all systems locked when unattended.
    Logging off is not an option because there are monitoring programs usually running.

    In any case I think I have found a solution that might work. I must investigate this further.

    The Transparent Screen Lock is a third party app (which locks your system either in Transparent mode where you can still see the screen or blanks the screen) can be set to be unlock by the user or an Administrator. When the system is unlocked the user's session is perserved.

    Anyone have any experience with this product? Any feedback would be nice.

    You can find more info on this product at
    http://www.e-motional.com/tscreenlock.htm

    Thanks again everyone. I am looking forward to your feedback.

    Sue

  7. #17
    Super Moderator: GMT Zone nihil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    United Kingdom: Bridlington
    Posts
    17,190
    Thanks Sue,

    I had completely forgotten about laboratory monitoring equipment

    The only "work around" that I have seen is in the defence industry. Here we set up a "generic user" with a password collectively known to the particular project team. That worked because each project "owned" its own equipment, and there was very tight access control.

    The software you mentioned sounds interesting, but wasn't around then AFAIK.

    Cheers
    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
    What profiteth a man if he gains the entire World at the expense of his immortal soul?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •