I have been asked to investigate some functionality for a number of shared PCs running Win7 on a local network. Basically people are logging on to the PCs and locking them in the morning and walking away (saving them), making them unusable for other users.
What I would like is a program/script that will allow a user to lock a PC as normal (Ctrl Alt + Del), however it will then unlock itself and log-out after 30 minutes. Ideally a timer on screen counting down from 30 minutes, this way other users would know when to return to the PC to gain access.
The way I imagine this working is as follows;
- current user locks pc and is warned it will unlock after 30 minutes
- screen is locked, displaying a countdown
- when countdown ends the PC unlocks and forces logs off
I'm not sure how to even approach this issue therefore I am open to suggestions, direction and software recommendations.
Note, all user accounts are managed (by an admin) via Active Directory. I would like to keep this function seperate from any user group policies and AD changes if at all possible.