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Desktop Authority - Inactivity - Restart

09/11/2013 2870 views

In order for a restart to occur with the Inactivity element is a login user required?

I am assuming if the computer is sitting at the log in screen none of the user elemets are applied.

Guidance would be helpful.


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I have not found any evidence that user elements will ever run if nobody ever logs in, so I doubt it will work.


What I have been doing, to force a reboot in all cases, is to create a computer "application launcher" element that runs a batch file with nothing in it and has "reboot afterwards" checked. I schedule it for midnight and let it rip.

Answered 09/11/2013 by: mbutler532011
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  • Tried to call shutdown.exe with force reboot arguments and that did not work. Will try what you suggested tonight.

    I think it would be more logical to put the inactivity settings under the computer profile in the future.

The inactivity elements are designed with a logged-in user in mind. Like a screensaver, it counts the time of no keyboard/mouse activity. Most of what DA does is based on the login script that runs when the user logs in, so another, more invisible way to do a restart is to do a "scheduled reboot" in the Expert Assist client.

Answered 11/07/2013 by: gmmoon
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