I thought I would start a thread for all the tips I've learnt with windows 7 + Windows Server 2008 R2

We recently upgraded from 2003 server and needed to change a few things for our student logins:

Disable offline files Login script
sc stop CscService
sc config CscService start= disabled

Mute sound on login Login script + 3rd party program NirCmd - Windows command line tool
nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 1

Redirect Favourites Group policy setting
Windows settings >> Folder redirection >> Favourites
Select "create a folder for each user under route path"
Untick "grant user exclusive rights"
Tick "move contents to the new location"

Standardise background with user stats login script + 3rd party program BgInfo
bginfo.exe choolPupil.bgi /timer:0 /silent /nolicprompt