Finally made the wallpaper on the admin network mandatory.
Up until now all admin staff could have whatever they wanted, family photos were very common despite being told this wasn't acceptable.
So this morning pushed out a wallpaper with the school logo.
I've already had several moans and I've told all concerned that if they can provide a business/educational reason for it to be changeable I'll consider giving them the permission.
Not heard back from anyone yet.
I have backgrounds of my shiny pictures I take....
one of the guys I work with has a background of his baby with food all over her face. Most amusing!
Can't say I'm bothered if Admin staff have their own backgrounds either.
Can you think of a security/standardisation/non-mean reason to not let them change it? :p
One reason I've had which was pretty good was that the teacher had a class picture up of all the kids which was kept up to date whenever they went on trips, etc...
That goes on the wallpaper and the year 1's all get a kick out of seeing themselves on the smartboard when the teacher is logged in... Promotes a lot of story telling too :)
ahhh... primary school!
I'm in a high school.
One benefit is that when we get a call about a problem a quick 'can you see the wallpaper?' means that we can get users to check cables before we have to visit them.
We dont allow any backgrounds either. If you use roaming profiles it will bloat the profile if its stored in there anyway.
yes - bloat/ size/ speed of logon is my reasoning
How do you stop them actually changing it?
Both staff and pupil just use the "set as wallpaper" option in various programs..
Just use GP ;)
You have to set a few options to get it locked but its pretty easy.
Not at work so dont have the gp settings to hand.
We use a school logo wallpaper using AD, could do with an update when you come to mention it.
We use a generic wallpaper for the pupils and teachers, jut not the adming staff who don't have profiles.
If they don't have profiles, then setting a wallpaper will be the cause of more logon time as it will have to download it, whereas if it's their own locally set picture it will be stored on C:
Incidentally, I remmeber that JPG wallpapers are converted to BMPs and stored in the local profile, does anyone know if this is done once it's downloaded from the server?
Generic here - but we are going to change them on a weekly basis - student photos, school photos, competition winners etc, etc.
I am looking into using a centralised webpage for everyone's desktop - changable in an instant.
Yeh I've thought about an Active Ddesktop, please could you let me know how you get on?
Could have a Thoght for the Day, news, joke maybe...
We have set ones - but different colours for staff/students etc - so it should be obvious when someone is accessing an account that is of a different level to theirs (ie students with staff logins & passwords)