How do you do....it? Thread, Change Desktop Colour in Technical; I am using an imported ADM to change the desktop background colour for users logging onto the network [See below]
7th January 2009, 09:13 AM #1
Change Desktop Colour
I am using an imported ADM to change the desktop background colour for users logging onto the network [See below]
KEYNAME "Control Panel\Colors"
PART !!labeltext DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
NAME "Normal" VALUE "0 128 128"
NAME "Black" VALUE "0 0 0"
NAME "White" VALUE "255 255 255"
NAME "Red" VALUE "255 0 0"
NAME "Brown" VALUE "128 0 0"
NAME "Yellow" VALUE "255 255 0"
NAME "Green" VALUE "0 128 0"
NAME "Sky" VALUE "0 255 255"
NAME "Brown" VALUE "0 0 255"
NAME "Blue" VALUE "0 0 255"
NAME "Dark Blue" VALUE "0 0 128"
NAME "Pink" VALUE "255 0 255"
NAME "Grey" VALUE "160 160 164"
categoryname="Desktop BG Colour Changer"
policyname="Change the background color of the client computer via Group Policy"
explaintext="This policy sets the background color of the client computer. Custom Group Policy - Techno Chat|Tech Blog!!! By Saugata Datta."
When it works it does so very well but to get it to work the user has to logoff and log on again. I want to use this as a quick visual check for Staff so that they can see by scanning the screens that the users have logged on on using users from the correct [expected] year group.
We have problems with students logging on as other users and I am trying to prevent this. I will be deploying BGInfo later to assist this further but this will do as a starting point if I can get it to work.
Can anyone help with this?
Server OS: Windows 2008.
Workstation OS: Windows XP Pro SP3.
7th January 2009, 09:20 AM #2
not really helpful but did notice u have brown twice with different values
7th January 2009, 09:30 AM #3
Hadn't spotted that but the ADM is as I downloaded it: I Made no changes.
Originally Posted by stu
7th January 2009, 11:37 AM #4
We do something similar - but just allocate a desktop background based on OU - so there is Staff or Student written across it as well.
7th January 2009, 12:15 PM #5
We use BGInfo for this. If you're going to start using it you may want to spend time doing it that way, rather than the way you mention.
19th January 2009, 08:45 AM #6
We are now trying to use BGInfo but we are seeing the same problem: It does not display until someone has first logged on and off again: The first person to use the computer after boot up has to 'prime the pumps' to get it to work.
Anyone else seen this/cured it?
19th January 2009, 11:46 AM #7
We run BGInfo as part of the logon script. Pupils have a mandatory profile with no wallpaper. The background is displayed by the bginfo command when they logon. It's then lost when they logoff.
19th January 2009, 12:20 PM #8
Progress! It will now display this information I have nominated without the user logging off IF:
After logging on and accepting the AUP the user clicks the desktop and the presses F5 [refresh] Is this normal behaviour for BGInfo? If not how do I fix this?
Last edited by DaveP; 19th January 2009 at 12:58 PM.
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19th January 2009, 12:45 PM #9
No. Load BGInfo, setup how you want and then save settings as a bginfo config file (.bgi). We save bginfo.exe and the config file in our netlogon share. We then run a vbscript at logon to run bginfo with the config file to set the wallpaper. Assuming you put the files in a folder called 'bginfo' in netlogon the cmd line to load would be:
\\server_name\netlogon\bginfo\bginfo.exe /i:\\server_name\netlogon\bginfo\config.bgi /timer:0 /silent
Try running this from a command prompt and see what happens.
By the way, we have three domain controllers so use the %logonserver% variable to spread the load a bit.
Hope this helps.
Thanks to altecsole from:
DaveP (19th January 2009)
19th January 2009, 01:13 PM #10
We are doing exactly the same [except for sharing the load across domain controllers]
Originally Posted by altecsole
I have shown the Head of ICT [who originally requested this] and he seems happy with the answer we have supplied. Job closed?
19th January 2009, 01:17 PM #11
19th January 2009, 01:21 PM #12
Can't post any thanks or add to reputation: Still having problems with the site on and off from early this morning [Can only use 'Quick Reply' to reply to post].
Edit: Posted thanks while the site was willing.
Last edited by DaveP; 19th January 2009 at 01:46 PM.
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19th January 2009, 01:43 PM #13
No problem. Glad you got it working
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