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Our library has several thin clients available for patrons to do searches on our catalogue. They connect to a Remote Desktop Session Host (Windows Server 2008 R2) where Internet Explorer automatically opens to the home page. [Edit: I'm flexible with the choice of browser.]

However, many users will leave their search results on screen and walk away, which gives the impression that the computer is still in use. Is it possible to force the browser to reload a specific homepage after a 5 minute idle timeout? If so, can it be configured with group policy?

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Why not just set the session idle time on the terminal server, so that an idle session is disconnect+closed. Then have your thin-clients re-connect automatically. –  Zoredache Mar 9 '12 at 2:03
@Zoredache because our thin clients (Wyse Winterm 3150SE) show an "error" message when the server closes an idle session that requires the user to click through before the session will reopen. :( –  Nic Mar 9 '12 at 2:09
Also, I'd like to avoid the scenario where a session is logging in/logging out when a user walks up to the kiosk. It's much faster to just reload a page. –  Nic Mar 9 '12 at 2:20
Does it have to be IE? I've done this very thing with kiosks, but using FireFox or Opera. –  Wesley Mar 9 '12 at 2:21
@jscott GreaseMonkey could add that to every page too... –  Chris S Mar 9 '12 at 2:40

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