Logon to only only one workstation

June 17, 2009 at 21:55:40
Specs: w2003
I have setup a thin client server at school and I need to configure W2003 to allow a pupil to login to only one designated workstation. ie they have to go to the same machine each time they come into an IT lesson. I know i can do this through active directory but what do I use for computer name? I tried IP address but that didnt seem to work.

thanks in advance.

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June 18, 2009 at 09:12:21
users profile/ account tab/logon to button/the following computers radio button

Add the machine name to this list.

Be aware if this is a thin client that thin clients don't join the domain and as such can't be restricted in this way.

PS you are creating yourself an administrative nightmare if you have lots of students.

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June 18, 2009 at 14:06:14
Thanks for the reply.
The thin clients use PXE through 2X to login to the W2003 terminal server. Does anyone know of another way to restrict a user to one machine?

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June 18, 2009 at 15:28:49
Perhaps this will work for you.

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June 18, 2009 at 22:33:38
Thank you but it seems like LimitLogin needs to be installed on the client. Our clients are really 'thin' and have no hard drive.
The scenario is this: pupils come into the room. They must go to the same machine each time. they cannot login to any other machine. This way I can keep track of who is responsible for broken equipment! Is this not just a case of matching username against mac address on logon. Would this not be the job of 2X?

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June 19, 2009 at 08:35:58
your thin clients would need to have enough room on flash to hold the limit logon client software. Same way you do to add print drivers.

I have never worked with 2x so I can't answer that. Though I doubt it. Again you are at the machine level and there is no GPO or active directory influence.

I would suggest given the scenerio you would be ahead of the game to get a DVR and a couple of cameras and monitor/record activity in the room. Not an unusual practice when you allow the public to use expensive equipment. You are looking at about $600 for a total setup which is way cheaper than the path you are on now. It would give you better evidence to present to parents and administration.

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