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    BGinfo help!

    Hi All,

    This problem is really annoying me and im sure its something simple,

    I want to run bginfo at startup so ive made a startup script as follows:

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    start "\\nelson\Netlogon\BGinfo.exe \\nelson\Netlogon\bginfo\logon.bgi /timer:0"
    Right, ive asigned it in group policy to machines but its just not working...i dont want to deploy it to the local machine i just want to run it from a share from a server, im sorry if this has been discussed before but i cant for the life of me figure it out! :@:@

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    Re: BGinfo help!

    I think the quotes are only requirde for a window title. It could be that the command processor thinks that the bginfo command is the title and has thrown a syntax error because it can't find what it thinks is a command.

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    Re: BGinfo help!

    Insted of calling it from a script, if you program it to be directly run as a logon script its self within group policy, it will work. Put in;

    \\nelson\Netlogon\BGinfo.exe as the file name and

    \\nelson\Netlogon\bginfo\logon.bgi /timer:0 in the box marked perameters.

    This is how I had mine setup, although we stopped using it now as it caused us a few problems. (nothing technical, but we found if the students knew the machine names, a few of them were exploiting the messaging functions, so we turned off BGinfo and re-named our machines, we do use the messageing functions legitimately, so we didn't want to loose them!)

    Mike.

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    I cannot seem to get this to work at all.

    I have it set on login script as above:

    \\server\netlogon\bginfo\bginfo.exe

    \\server\netlogon\bginfo\student.bgi /timer:0

    but nothing shows, just normal blue desktop. Do any group policys interfre with this? we were using gpo wallpaper but it just gives us a headache.

    all I need is to be able to have the wallpaper on a server share (as we use it for important info and to advertise school events) so we can change it, and just display the machine name and username on the screen

    Any ideas?

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    I just create a shortcut of bginfo.exe and dump it in the Startup folder for all users on my servers

    Works fine!

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    I think bginfo.exe must be copied to the local machine. It's only 700K so won't cause any problems, even on wireless.

    This is what I use:

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    @ECHO OFF
    net time \\SERVERNAME /set /yes
    REM * Sets Background desktop *
    if exist %systemroot%\bginfo.exe goto BGINFO
    copy \\SERVERNAME\netlogon\BGINFO\BGINFO.EXE %SYSTEMROOT% /Y
    :BGINFO
    %SYSTEMROOT%\bginfo.exe /i"\\SERVERNAME\netlogon\bginfo\Adminlogon.bgi" /timer:0
    
    REM * Sets Background desktop *
    %SYSTEMROOT%\bginfo.exe /i"\\SERVERNAME\netlogon\bginfo\logoff.bgi" /timer:0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I think bginfo.exe must be copied to the local machine. It's only 700K so won't cause any problems, even on wireless.

    This is what I use:

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    net time \\SERVERNAME /set /yes
    REM * Sets Background desktop *
    if exist %systemroot%\bginfo.exe goto BGINFO
    copy \\SERVERNAME\netlogon\BGINFO\BGINFO.EXE %SYSTEMROOT% /Y
    :BGINFO
    %SYSTEMROOT%\bginfo.exe /i"\\SERVERNAME\netlogon\bginfo\Adminlogon.bgi" /timer:0
    
    REM * Sets Background desktop *
    %SYSTEMROOT%\bginfo.exe /i"\\SERVERNAME\netlogon\bginfo\logoff.bgi" /timer:0
    Do you run this in the login script as a bat?

    also, what are the two bgi's? I only have one

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    Yes my login scripts are bat files. The two bgi files are for the user logon:

    Adminlogon.bgi, Stafflogon.bgi or Studentlogon.bgi

    So the desktop looks different for different user levels (hope this makes sense).

    Logoff.bgi is used on the Windows logon/logoff screen (where you press ctrl+alt+del) and enter your username and password. Typically this is where I write the school name which looks smart.
    Last edited by Michael; 2nd October 2008 at 02:33 PM.

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    Cheers, you are a genius! I now have it working woo

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    Is that a startup script? And does the bat file actually copy the bginfo.exe to the systemroot folder if it doesn't already exist?

    Also, how can you get it to display the free space on a users home directory?
    This is drive letter H:\ for us.

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    Is there a way to change the colour of the icon text, we use a white background image, but xp uses white text with shadows and its not all that clear.

    grey icon text would be good, but not sure how :\

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    you also need to add the /accepteula comment to the /i on bginfo.exe

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    Here's the way I've done it... saves using the stupid GPO wallpaper setting as well

    You need...

    - folder on the server (sysvol or netlogon ideal) to store the .bgi file and .bmp for the wallpaper
    - exe copied to the C: drive of each computer via script
    - logon script to run it

    So add this as part of your startup script for machines...

    if exist c:\windows\bgibmp goto copyexe
    mkdir c:\windows\bgibmp
    cacls "c:\windows\bgibmp" /E /G "Authenticated Users":F

    :copyexe

    if exist c:\windows\bgibmp\bginfo.exe goto lastbit
    copy "\\domain\sysvol\domain\usersettings\tools\Bginfo. exe" c:\windows\bgibmp /Y

    :lastbit
    exit

    On a logon script assigned to users OU have this bit...

    c:\windows\bgibmp\bginfo.exe /i"\\domain\sysvol\domain\UserSettings\tools\teachp c.bgi" /accepteula /timer:0

    Bit above assumes you domain is called domain and the .bgi file is in usersettings\tools under sysvol. Just change as required

    End result is this...

    Last edited by gshaw; 2nd October 2008 at 03:34 PM.

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    Is that a startup script? And does the bat file actually copy the bginfo.exe to the systemroot folder if it doesn't already exist?
    No, it's a logon script.

    Also, how can you get it to display the free space on a users home directory?
    This is drive letter H:\ for us.
    I'm not quite sure how to do this. If you use the value <free space> it works for the local C:\ drive only. Not sure how to change this to a home directory such as H:\

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    Is there a way to change the colour of the icon text, we use a white background image, but xp uses white text with shadows and its not all that clear.

    grey icon text would be good, but not sure how :\
    If you double click your bgi file, this should automatically open using BGINFO.exe as they are associated. You can change the font colour using the built in toolbar and highlighting the relevant text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Here's the way I've done it... saves using the stupid GPO wallpaper setting as well

    You need...

    - folder on the server (sysvol or netlogon ideal) to store the .bgi file and .bmp for the wallpaper
    - exe copied to the C: drive of each computer via script
    - logon script to run it

    So add this as part of your startup script for machines...

    if exist c:\windows\bgibmp goto copyexe
    mkdir c:\windows\bgibmp
    cacls "c:\windows\bgibmp" /E /G "Authenticated Users":F

    :copyexe

    if exist c:\windows\bgibmp\bginfo.exe goto lastbit
    copy "\\domain\sysvol\domain\usersettings\tools\Bginfo. exe" c:\windows\bgibmp /Y

    :lastbit
    exit

    On a logon script assigned to users OU have this bit...

    c:\windows\bgibmp\bginfo.exe /i"\\domain\sysvol\domain\UserSettings\tools\teachp c.bgi" /accepteula /timer:0

    Bit above assumes you domain is called domain and the .bgi file is in usersettings\tools under sysvol. Just change as required

    End result is this...

    Wow. I'm loving the wallpapers. Could I have a copy, please?

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