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james waters

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Hello all.

I'm from a radio station in the uk, and i'm looking for a piece of software that will switch the presenters computers from one user to another at the end of their programmes.



Exsample:

Breakfast show finshes at 9am so at 9am the computer that handles all the txt messaes and Email will log of the breakfast presenter and log on the next guy starting at 9am.



Any ideas?



I'm running XP SP1, and have 12 acounts to flick though.

I'm a UK radio DJ - Love me.
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Am I to assume your presenters are incapable of logging off? :tazz:

How about scheduling a log off every 3 hours (or whatever the presenters schedule), so all the next presenter must do is choose his name?
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Am I to assume your presenters are incapable of logging off? :tazz:

How about scheduling a log off every 3 hours (or whatever the presenters schedule), so all the next presenter must do is choose his name?

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Firstly, sadly yes. They have to use a comuter playout which took me 3 weeks to train them al on. Wen it came to explaing that the txts come in on the cmputer they all said they would rather have a nokia in the stuido set to loud so they did'nt miss one. Sad I know.

Where s this log off schedule? the problem would be weekends really I guess.
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The easiest method would be to create a little batch file with the command line to log users off.

Like this:

Create a folder on the c:\drive that is not in someone's user profile (for example: c:\logoff script

In the folder, right click, choose NEW > TEXT DOCUMENT, but name it logoff.bat

Open it in notepad

type

c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -l

save the file

(Note: lower case L)

Now go to task manager, START > ALL PROGRAMS > ACCESORIES > SYSTEM TOOLS > SCHEDULE TASKS

Click add a task, browse to the file and then follow the steps. Schedule it as often as needed

This will log the machine off at the times specified and leave the PC for the next user at the logon screen.

Tried to find a command line for fast user switching...still looking.

That is a very simple way to do it, ther are more elaborate scripts you could write to, say, pop up a message to the users that the machine is shutting down, too.
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Right i've tried it, but it won't run as there is no pasword set?

None of the presenter logs have password. What should I do?

I've created an admin password.

When it happens though all it's doing is opening the file in note pad.

Why?

Edited by james waters, 15 April 2005 - 08:14 AM.

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Home or Pro?

I would use the admin account...if home, the admin account is blank, and it might not need it.

If pro, yes, use admin and admin password
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Pro.

I've tried from the admin acount but it still comes up as a notpad file
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did you save it as a .BAT file?

I suspect you do not have windows set up to view known extensions.

In MY COMPUTER, choose TOOLS > FOLDER OPTIONS > VIEW, uncheck HIDE EXTENSIONS FOR KNOWN....

Your file is probably named shutdown.bat.txt
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Ahhh yes.

Stupid I relise, it was saved as a .tx file. Fool.

changed it and ................It only works!

You are the man.

If you come up with any flasher scripts to make it flash up logging off hat would rock..

Thanks so much for your help.

James.
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Just a quick one before I go home.

Would it possible to change the script slightly to make XP change users?

I'll have a play over the wekend.
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it woudl require more than a slight change, if it is even possible. You can get a computer to log in to one user without sign on, but getting it to alternate between users based on time....doesn't seem possible off the top of my head , short of installing a third party utility boot utility, but I've never seen one that capable.
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