In an Active Directory environment, you can use the Active Directory Users and Computers to specify log on hours for a user i.e. which times the user can log on and which times he or she is prevented from logging on. Can you do the same for standalone Windows machines in a workgroup?
Yes but not using the UI. Instead, you can use the net user command with the /times switch to set and display the logon hours for a user account. Type net help user for more info.
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