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  • I am trying to make a GPO as to where it does not matter what user logs into the PC they will all have the same desktop.  As in the same desktop I mean the same icons and any files that were saved locally on the desktop.  I have created a GPO that redirects the desktop folder to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop.

    I do not want to use roaming profiles or a generic login for these PC's.  These PC's are shared PC's in that different people use them through the day and have gotten used to having the same desktop icons.  If user A saves a file on the desktop I want user B to see that same file when they log in.

    I have tried a few different GPO's but so far have not had any success.  User A and User B get the All Users desktop but any files they save on the desktop get saved to their local user profile and not the All Users profile.

    Any help or hints would be much appreciated!

    Ryan

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:46 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    For how to create a custom administrative templates, you may refer to the following Microsoft KB article:

     

    How to create custom administrative templates in Windows 2000

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323639

     

    If it does not work via modifying the registry, I recommend you use the above workarounds.

     

    Regards,


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    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 8:43 AM

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  • Hi Ryan,

    just an idea, I have not used this not do I right now have the opportunity to test this, but: Could you use the folder redirection gpo setting for desktop and choose Basic—Redirect everyone's folder to the same location. Then use a a local path to a folder on the computer?

    Not sure if this works, but have a try...

    Gunter

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:41 PM
  • Thank you for the idea.  This is what I have done.  For the path I put  C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop and also " C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop".  I was not sure if the quotes would matter since the path has spaces.  but neither one seems to work.  The users can see icons that are in the All Users\Desktop folder but when they add new items to the desktop they do not get saved there

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:44 PM
  • What if you put these path directly into the respective registry keys as describes in this article? http://windowsxp.mvps.org/usershellfolders.htm If that works you could use GPP to write these settings to the registry.

    Thanks,

    Gunter

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 7:01 PM
  • Hi,

     

    According to the results of my test, you cannot achieve this goal via folder redirection. The “Redirect to the following location” under “Target folder location” will only redirect the desktop for the first user (User A) who log on a computer. It will not affect the next logon users. After that, if you change the redirection location, the User A will not be affected and the first user (User B) who log on a computer after changing the redirection location will be redirected.

     

    I am afraid that the following registry will not work also due to Windows stores the location of per-user special folders.

     

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

     

    At that point, I recommend you build a file server for sharing the public files. After that, you may map this shared drive or deploy desktop shortcuts to link the shared drive via startup scripts.

     

    For more information, please refer to the following links:

     

    Map a Network Drive

    http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ScriptCenter/en-us/05bb634d-ecbe-42e0-9ca3-c1c8f91218b1

     

    How to map, delete, and enumerate network drives using the Windows Script Host

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244676

     

    How To Use Windows Script Host to Create Shortcut with Parameters

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;242297

     

    If you encounter any difficulties when customizing the scripts, you may submit a new question in The Official Scripting Guys Forum! which is a best resource for scripting related issues.

     

    The Official Scripting Guys Forum!

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/ITCG/threads

     

    If you have any Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 DC installed, you may also use the following group policy to deploy the shared drive shortcuts on the desktop.

     

    User Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Shortcuts

     

    Regards,


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    Friday, October 29, 2010 9:49 AM
  • Thank you both for the assistance.  I also can comfirm that the registry setting only works for the first user.  I do not want to redirect to a network share.

     

    I am looking on how to edit the registry for any user who logs into a PC.  I am new to GPO so I have been trying to figure out how to use a template in GP.  I have exported the registry key and used a program to export it to and ADM file and then "installed" it on the server and added it in the GP editor.  But it does not allow me to specify any veriables.  just a number weather to be enabled or disabled. 

     

    I am about just ready to say it cant be done.  Not sure if modifying the registry will make things more porblematic down the road.

    Thanks again.

    Ryan

     

    Friday, October 29, 2010 1:26 PM
  • Hi,

     

    For how to create a custom administrative templates, you may refer to the following Microsoft KB article:

     

    How to create custom administrative templates in Windows 2000

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323639

     

    If it does not work via modifying the registry, I recommend you use the above workarounds.

     

    Regards,


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 8:43 AM