We installed visual studio 2008 here back in September and it has been a PITA! Firstly we had a problem getting the thing to run under a student account.
First we had to modify our mandatory profile (Pretty much expected). Then open up access to student home drives so students could save and run .exe files from them. We then got a message each time it loads saying 'configuring for first time use'. We got round this by locking down the settings file on the student home drive. (Thanks to Edugeek for the solution to some of these)
After all this the teacher is still reporting a bunch of problem regarding student work not being able to find modules and various other error messages.
I have a gut feeling these will be due to a combination of our mandatory profiles, locking the setting file and user error.
I was just wondering if anyone else has installed this program on a Windows XP network using mandatory profiles and if so what config options they used to eliminate as many error messages as possible whilst maintaining a secure environment.