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    Redirecting desktop

    Right sorry in advance but being dim but....... if you redirect a user's desktop do they still get the 'all user's' desktop too?

    Reason for question - I have a small suite of 30 computers all with identical software so never bothered with redirecting desktops, just put all icons in 'all user's' desktop. Local profiles with default on network share, all tied down with group policies. Except that we now have a visually impaired pupil whose visiting support person wants me to set up a different profile for, fewer desktop icons and different resolution etc. Fiddled around this afternoon by creating new ou and new user for said pupil, created folder for desktop but still got the all users icons. I did wonder about setting up a roaming profile just for the one pupil and doing it that way.
    (Didn't help by the fact we had good ofsted this week and I'd had 2 glasses of champagne and then wasn't capable of anything)

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    Re: Redirecting desktop

    As far as I know, the All Users stuff is assigned at the computer level - making it always there.

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    Re: Redirecting desktop

    Desktop redirection can be set either on the user or the computer. You probably have it currently configured via Computer, you will need to change the folder redirection policy to user defined.

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    Re: Redirecting desktop

    Thats what happens in our schools. The all users icons appear as well.

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    Re: Redirecting desktop

    I set the policy on the user, I might be better using roaming profiles with maybe a script to hide the 'all user's ' icons, I can't think of any other way of this pupil only having his essential icons.
    I set it up on one computer and just denied him access to all user's desktop, but I'd really like to ensure he can use any computer in the suite. If anyone has set up a profile for a specific pupil I'd be grateful for any advise.

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    Re: Redirecting desktop

    i run a batch file to delete c:\doc settings\all usrs\desktop\*.*

    well worth mentioning to staff that anything they may of saved to desktop instead of my docs may end up gone!!

    I learnt the hard way

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    Re: Redirecting desktop

    I could do with a script to either hide the desktop icons or restrict access to them.

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    Re: Redirecting desktop

    we use a VB script to redirect the Desktop to another location (in this case the students h: (home) drives). This means that it forces their desktops to use their network storage space (which includes quotas).

    Code:
    Dim ws
    Set ws = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    ws.RegWrite "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\" & "Desktop", "H:\Desktop"
    ws.RegWrite "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\" & "Desktop", "H:\Desktop"
    The main catch is that anything existing on the desktop will stay there, so won't appear and will need to be copied/moved or deleted.

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    use a GPO to deny read and write permissions to all users / desktop.

    Works a treat.

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    As rlane states use GPO's for a redirected desktop easy to set-up and easy to update the desktop, just drop a new short cut into the redirected desktop folder and it appears instantly.
    Set read only so no one can save to the desktop. I introduced this after our less computer literate staff started saving huge files to the desktop and taking 20 minutes to logon whilst there desktop part of thier profiles was downloaded with gigabytes of data lol..
    Last edited by kili; 17th November 2010 at 02:32 PM.

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