Forced Disconnect for Macintosh Users Not Working

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In User Manager for Domains, when you select Forcibly Disconnect Remote Users From Server When Logon Hours Expire and specify limited logon hours for an account, the following problems occur for Macintosh accounts:

  • Users are not warned that their logon is about to expire.
  • Users are not disconnected when their logons expire.
  • Disconnects occur after the scheduled disconnect time.


The 10 minute countdown prior to disconnect is not scheduled to run until one minute before the disconnect time. Several timers are not started and reset on time. This problem may be more evident for those connecting with guest sessions.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT Server version 3.5. This problem was corrected in the latest U.S. Service Pack for Windows NT version 3.5. For information on obtaining the Service Pack, query on the following word in the Microsoft Knowledge Base (without the spaces):

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In User Manager for Domains you can limit users to certain logon hours. For example, you can limit a user to logon between 8 AM and 5 PM, and select Forcibly Disconnect Remote Users From Server When Logon Hours Expire in the Account Policies dialog box.

A PC user with these logon hours will be notified with two messages stating that they are about to be disconnected from the network and then one final message stating that they have been disconnected from the network. If this PC user then tries to connect to the server, access will be denied. Any previous connections to the server will be disconnected.

Macintosh users that are connected to Macintosh volumes on the server should be sent a message 10 minutes before being forcibly disconnected from the server with at least one more reminder before being disconnected. If logon hours are exceeded the Macintosh users as well as the PC users with the restricted hours should be forcibly disconnected.


Article ID: 124242 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 4.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
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