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Devices: Allow undock without having to log on

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Devices: Allow undock without having to log on


This security setting determines whether a portable computer can be undocked without having to log on. If this policy is enabled, logon is not required and an external hardware eject button can be used to undock the computer. If disabled, a user must log on and have the Remove computer from docking station privilege to undock the computer.

Default: Enabled.

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\

For specific instructions about how to configure security policy settings, see Edit security settings on a Group Policy object.


  • Disabling this policy may tempt users to try and physically remove the laptop from its docking station using methods other than the external hardware eject button. Since this may cause damage to the hardware, this setting, in general, should only be disabled on laptop configurations that are physically securable.

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