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    Exclamation ***HELP*** How to clean desktop on logoff (os 10.6 server clients) ***HELP***

    Hi All,

    I have about 20 macs running 10.6 and a 10.6 server. I have students that use the
    same login for different classes which leads to a problem, I need the desktop and or
    home folder reset at logoff. I have tried to decipher complex instructions on using logoff
    scripts but got no where. If you can explain in detail what to do it would be great. I wish
    I had budget money for deepfreeze

    Thank You In Advance!
    mactech

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    Look to the bottom of this Delete from Desktop using Applescript [Archive] - The macosxhints Forums post for example sripts to delete/remove all fies on desktop. You could then add the script as a startup file on login.

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    Is there a way to easily do this through workgroup manager?

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    Yep you can add a login script to your "managed" mac pc's. Look at Mac Login Script for info on how to do it

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    I appreciate that link. My users all have network home folders ( It would be nice if they were all local and were still managed but I dont know how) does that change this?

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    You mention local accounts. Using 10.6 clients and 10.6 server it could be possible. You could manage the users using machine-based preferences. This would apply to all users on login. But you can also specify to allow administrators the option to disable the preferences on login. A box pops up allowing you to choose whether to keep the managed prefs or to disable to allow administration. May do what you need it to.

    Depending on your users you could possibly also enable simple finder.

    There are also the parental controls available for standard users. You could configure one machine up to how you want it and then image this machine and deploy the image to the rest using DeployStudio or your preferred imaging deployment solution.

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    Found a solution that works quite well using an applescript. I will post the solution in detail once
    I have some free time to do so. Thanks to all for helping out and giving great ideas.

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