Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Active Directory Group Poilcy

The world of windows administration is an expansive one and weekly I come across pet peeves, my newest? GPO exceptions! or the lack there of.

To disable the screen saver for one user I had to either create a loopback GPO or manually edit the registry settings on the PC. Clearly there was only one real option:

User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\
Value Name: ScreenSaveActive, SCRNSAVE.EXE
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable screen savers, 1 = default)