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Please could you help. I am running a windows 2008 domain with windows xp and we are just venturing ...
31st March 2011, 10:07 PM #1
Windows 7 lock down
Please could you help. I am running a windows 2008 domain with windows xp and we are just venturing into windows 7 with our next batch of pc's.
I am trying to lock the computers down for the students to avoid problem.
What settings do people advice I set as a starting point.
Thanks for all your help.
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31st March 2011, 10:14 PM #2
You need to really have a read through other post. We are getting ready to role it out and the amount of Reg Fixs I have had to do it unreal!!
Make a new GPO go though it and lock it down, Redirection was a bit of a problem for me, now sorted now.
I redirected the My Doc and so on to the Drive Letter of the users home drive, in my case.. H:` , not the full path,``server``share and so on. This was the only way it worked for me. Also the explore bar on the left side you will need reg fixs for that and to also remove control panel from the desktop, or just block access if you like.
Really Test it first!!
31st March 2011, 10:55 PM #3
we have win 7 on a test machine and we are going to be testing testing and testing - its our 3 year plan to move over to AD ad Win 7 (yes i did just say 3 yeas!!)
1st April 2011, 09:25 AM #4
You'll need to test extensively, perhaps with a VM on your PC? It took me the best part of a month to transition everything.
First up, I installed a 2008 R2 DC after updating the schema.
I then created a new OU for Windows 7 PCs, with just the default domain policy applying.
I then set up a new user with a new blank GPO for user settings. I also removed the profile settings for this user.
I then worked through the GPs, changing settings as I found them, and testing them on the Windows 7 PC. I used GPPs rather than scripts to do most of the settings like drive maps and printers.
I applied reg fixes for the black desktop fault and to remove Libraries.
I tested the user extensively.
I then tested the new GPO on a Windows XP machine, to make sure it was totally compatible between the two as we still run XP alongside.
I built a new mandatory profile for Windows 7 logins.
I then applied the new GPO to all students. After further testing, a modified version was applied to admin staff, then eventually teaching staff.
I used WMI filters to seperate some policies, like themes (so 7 users get Aero, XP users get Classic with XP Start Menus).
Lots of work, but worthwhile.
Thanks to 3s-gtech from:
stevenwba (1st April 2011)
1st April 2011, 12:35 PM #5
Originally Posted by Techdw
We already have the basics from windows xp locked down. I am looking for the extras that have come with windows 7 like the
Network icon in explorer
Favorites in explorer
Libraries in explorer
Control panel desktop
and how people have done these. We have found registry keys but gpo not forcing them in for Favorites and Libraries and control panel.
I have found an adm for network in explorer
; Use this one for hiding the network icon in your explorer.
KEYNAME "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policie s\NonEnum"
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
ExplorerExtras="Windows Explorer Extra's"
HideNetworkInExplorer="Hide Network Icon in Explorer 2008/Vista"
HideNetworkInExplorer_Help="Enable this one to hide the icon, disable or unconfigure to show it..."
1st April 2011, 12:38 PM #6
We have already started putting wmi filter on gpos so they only apply to windows 7.
We have tested the registry setting and they work but for some reason we have not managed to get the registry keys to apply through gpo.
1st April 2011, 12:55 PM #7
I have found some of what I am looking for at Windows 7 Gotchas/Tips/FYI
1st April 2011, 01:52 PM #8
- Rep Power
After making a nice fluffy policy i had a few problems with certain aspects. i found this useful. Its got things like removing network and library icons and a couple of other bits. Maybe useful to you.
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