You can use the configuration utility to change the ActiveExit settings that apply to the computer on which you run the utility. On a domain controller, you can also use it to save settings to a Group Policy Object to control the domain computers.

To open the configuration utility, choose ActiveExit from Windows Start menu. The configuration utility of ActiveExit has the following areas:

Manage

Press this button to select what to manage, This Computer, or a GPO.

Enable ActiveExit

When managing This Computer, you can use this box to control the status of ActiveExit monitoring. If this box is checked, ActiveExit performs the job it's designed to do: it will log off the inactive users from their accounts, etc. If this box is cleared, ActiveExit stops monitoring the users on this computer. You can use this box to quickly enable or disable ActiveExit without having to uninstall it.

If you've selected to manage a GPO instead of This Computer, this box is replaced with a menu that lets you control the status of the GPO (Not Configured, Enabled, or Disabled.)

What to monitor

Use this area to select the activities that ActiveExit should monitor. Normally, you would want to monitor the keyboard and the mouse activity, and you can also select to monitor the CPU activity exceeding the level of your choosing. This way, if the user is running a CPU-intensive program without touching the mouse or the keyboard, such a user would not be logged off by ActiveExit until the program stops and the CPU activity lowers below the threshold.

Initiate a logoff if no user activity is detected...

Use this box to specify how long the inactivity period should be. The inactivity period is the time during which no mouse or keyboard activity from the user has been detected, and the CPU activity level has not exceeded the threshold you've chosen.

Before logging off, show this message to the user...

Use this box to specify how long a warning message should be displayed before actually logging off the user. You can also customize the text of the message by clicking on the link.

If the screen is locked, show this message instead

Use this link to specify an alternative text of the warning message displayed to the user, if the user has locked the screen before the idle timeout has occurred.

Note that the warning message is displayed only if the user is connected to the Windows session, such as when the user's desktop is visible to the user, or if the screen is locked and a prompt to unlock it is displayed to the user. If the user is disconnected from the session (which happens, for example, if the user has chosen the Disconnect or Switch User commands from Windows Start Menu), then the warning is NOT displayed and the logoff occurs immediately when the idle timeout is up.

Note also that when the screen is locked, it is NOT enough to press OK to dismiss the warning message displayed by ActiveExit; the user must actually unlock the screen and log back on to keep his or her session active.

Apply to

The list of the user accounts and/or user groups which should be processed by ActiveExit. If this list is empty, then ActiveExit will process every user who logs in to the computer (unless excluded by the Do not apply to list. If this list is not empty, then only users who are in the list or who are the members of the groups listed will be processed by ActiveExit. (Also, see notes below.)

To add a group or a user to the list, press the [+] button above the list. To remove an item from the list, select it and then press the [-] button above the list.

Do not apply to

The list of the user accounts and/or user groups which should NOT be processed by ActiveExit. If this list is empty, then ActiveExit will not exclude any user or group from processing. If this list is not empty, then ActiveExit will not monitor users or members of the groups listed. (Also, see notes below.)

To add a group or a user to the list, press the [+] button above the list. To remove an item from the list, select it and then press the [-] button above the list.

If no user has logged on...

(This option is available only on computers running Windows Vista or later. If is not available on Windows XP computers.)

If this option is enabled, then ActiveExit will watch for the condition when no user is logged on to the computer. (Such a condition occurs before the first user logs in, or after the last user logs out of Windows.) ActiveExit will wait for the specified number of minutes for another user to log in to Windows. If no user logs in during that time, ActiveExit will shut down or suspend the computer, according to the option selected.

Note that the mouse, the keyboard, or the CPU activities during the wait do not affect the waiting time. In order to prevent the shutdown or suspend of the computer, one must actually log in to Windows before the timeout expires.

Status

This area is used by ActiveExit to display its status.

Export

Press this button to export the current settings of ActiveExit into a file.

Import

Press this button to import the settings of ActiveExit from a file (created previously with the Export command).

You may want to use the Export and Import commands to simplify the configuration of several computers: Instead of setting up each computer individually, you can export the settings from one computer, and then import them from the file on other computers, to make them configured in the same way as the first computer.

Restore defaults

Press this button if you want to return ActiveExit to the state as it was when you first installed it, before you made any changes to its configuration.

Apply

Press this button to save the current settings, without closing the configuration window. Note that the saved changes become effective only after a user logs off and then logs back on to Windows.

OK

Press this button to save the current settings and close the configuration window. Note that the saved changes become effective only after a user logs off and then logs back on to Windows.

Help

Press this button open the User's Guide of ActiveExit.

About

Press this button to display the version number and copyright information for ActiveExit. You can also use it to enter your business license key, check your license for validity, etc.


Notes


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