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    Change Desktop Colour

    I am using an imported ADM to change the desktop background colour for users logging onto the network [See below]

    CLASS USER
    CATEGORY !!categoryname
    KEYNAME "Control Panel\Colors"
    POLICY !!policyname
    EXPLAIN !!explaintext
    PART !!labeltext DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
    VALUENAME "Background"
    ITEMLIST
    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"
    END ITEMLIST
    END PART
    END POLICY
    END CATEGORY
    [strings]
    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."
    labeltext="Select Colour"


    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.

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    not really helpful but did notice u have brown twice with different values

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    Quote Originally Posted by stu View Post
    not really helpful but did notice u have brown twice with different values
    Hadn't spotted that but the ADM is as I downloaded it: I Made no changes.

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    We do something similar - but just allocate a desktop background based on OU - so there is Staff or Student written across it as well.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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 11:58 AM. Reason: Correct post content

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by altecsole View Post
    ...\\server_name\netlogon\bginfo\bginfo.exe /i:\\server_name\netlogon\bginfo\config.bgi /timer:0 /silent....
    We are doing exactly the same [except for sharing the load across domain controllers]

    I have shown the Head of ICT [who originally requested this] and he seems happy with the answer we have supplied. Job closed?

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    Thanks?

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    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 12:46 PM. Reason: Post thanks.

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    No problem. Glad you got it working

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