Is it possible to set specific users up with "inactive disconnect"? We have over 500 users that use 100 community machines that we would like to have their sessions time out if they walk away and forget to sign off. We have the SYSVAL set at 45 minutes and don't want to lower it because we have just as many people with their own machines.
To have an automatic time-out that various by user or groups of users you have two choices: write a program that interrogates and acts upon the messages sent to the message queue specified in the QINACTMSGQ system value or purchase a third-party package. Third-party packages come in two flavors –- one, like the Inactivity Monitor from Halcyon Software provides customizable device time-out. The other –- like ScreenSafer/400 –- puts up a "screen saver" for the 5250-device session that requires the user to sign back in before getting back to their session.

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