Windows 7 Thread, Mixed XP and Win7 Desktop files, profile.V2 in Technical; Hi all,
We are looking to deploy more and more Win 7 Machines, but currently as with Vista when staff ...
26th March 2010, 01:15 PM #1
Mixed XP and Win7 Desktop files, profile.V2
We are looking to deploy more and more Win 7 Machines, but currently as with Vista when staff log into a Win7 machine they create and use a xxx.v2 profile in our staff_profiles share.
This means that they dont see any desktop files from their normal XP profile.
Might be asking too much but is there a way for them to use the same profile?
Or a way for them to use the same desktop when loggin into xp/vista or win7 ?
26th March 2010, 03:40 PM #2
set up folder redirection for the desktop so that it points to say userarea\desktop for indicidual ones ot \\server\share\desktop then remove wirte access
29th March 2010, 02:33 PM #3
Thanks for the reply,
I tested this before and failed, i am now having the same problems with security as before
I have also found that we have the same problem with our staff profiles !!
I have redirected the share to \\SERVER\Staff_Desktops$
I have set security on this folder for staff to modify.
Everything works perfectly, but staff COULD create a shortcut to \\SERVER\Staff_Desktops$
and then browse through everyone elses desktops?
If i DO check "Grant the user exclusive rights to Desktop" then we cannot access the folders.
If we take ownership then it loses the users permissions.
Can Cacls add the domain admin account somehow?
Maybe part of a logon script?
Or have I set something up incorrectly?
Thanks in advance
29th March 2010, 06:11 PM #4
if they all want their own individual desktop why not redirect to \\server\users$\staff\%username%\desktop
29th March 2010, 07:56 PM #5
Keep their desktop files within their home drive?
Originally Posted by sted
29th March 2010, 08:01 PM #6
yup why not
Originally Posted by burgemaster
29th March 2010, 08:01 PM #7
I think he is meaning redirect there desktop to the one that is located in the users xp profile
Originally Posted by sted
EDIT: maybe not he got in first!! or you could redirect to old profile as I said - although im not sure if it would like it
Last edited by glennda; 29th March 2010 at 08:05 PM.
29th March 2010, 08:16 PM #8
Ive setup staff desktops to redirect to \\SERVER\Staff_Desktops$\Username
I left "Grant user exclusive rights to Desktop" checked, so when they log in, the folders are created but only they have access to them.
Ive also added a line to the log-off script:
cacls "\\SERVER\staff_desktops$\%username%" /e /p "Domain Admins":F
Now admin also have access and staff cannot create shortcuts to other peoples desktop folders etc
Also, ive created a log-on script that I can leave on for a few days, it copies their desktop files from the old location (in their profile) to the new desktop share. It then renames the old location desktop_old so if ever run twice it will skip through:
There is probably an easier way around this with special NTFS permissions, or maybe as sted suggested redirect to inside the homedrive. lol
@cacls "\\SERVER\staff_desktops$\%username%" /e /p "Domain Admins":F
Echo Backing Up Your Desktop Files....
Echo Please wait..
Echo If you have a lot of Files on your desktop this may take a few minutes...
@xcopy "\\SERVER\staff_profiles$\%username%\desktop\*" "\\SERVER\staff_desktops$\%username%\" /E /C /Y /Q
@rename "\\SERVER\staff_profiles$\%username%\desktop" "desktop_old"
Rem 5sec wait
ping -n 5 127.0.0.1 > nul
Glennda - Redirecting to the old profile on vista/win7 didnt work correctly.
Last edited by burgemaster; 29th March 2010 at 08:52 PM.
30th March 2010, 01:55 PM #9
- Rep Power
Folder Redirection is a good stepping stone while you have XP. Keep in mind you'll want to do Pictures/Music/Videos as well as Documents as XP automatically groups them.
The path supplied by sted is a good example. It is Microsoft's best practice now to not use a Home Folder/Drive with Folder Redirection, the exception being only if the Home Drive already exists.
You do not need to set the "Grant user exclusive..." if you have the parent folder permissions correct.
30th March 2010, 04:03 PM #10
Originally Posted by _Adam_
Could you please explain what you mean here, Are you say NOT to redirect to the Home Folder/Drive.
I was about to start over and create a new policy that will redirect:
Last edited by burgemaster; 30th March 2010 at 06:59 PM.
30th March 2010, 11:25 PM #11
- Rep Power
I am certain I had link to the document, just cannot find the favourite.
However I did find a similar document which says "Typically, it is recommended that you do not redirect to a home directory unless you have already deployed home directories in your organization".
You can find the full document here - Recommendations for Folder Redirection: Group Policy
Like I said, it's very similar to the page I had bookmarked but the page I wanted to link for you also covers folder security permissions and more.
Thanks to _Adam_ from:
burgemaster (2nd April 2010)
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