firstly you need to start with a domain user, without any special AD policies applied ( preferably none, just a member of domain users), but you might want to make them a power user, or some other AD group specific to your environment.
next you need to logon to the machine you are going to use to make the master image, as a domain admin. Now add all the software you need, and apply any tweaks- e.g registry, .inf files etc
now log in as the domain user you are going to use to build the default user profile with, and configure the desktop, add network printers/devices, and most importantly check that everything works. basically how ever you set up this user will get 'used' by all all those who log onto this machine ( or copies/images of this machine elsewhere) when you are happy, log out .
log in as domain admins again, ensure you show all hidden files, and under advanced settings- users- copy the above profile to the 'default user', and give permissions for everyone to use it.
i now delete the 'stubpath' entries in the registry to stop windows trying to set up new setting for users that now log in ( microshaft really don't know how their computers are used, and in schools, especially with SEN and small kids this 'per-user' setup is frustrating, and overwhelming for some ). I also rename the Administrator account to admin, so that it doesnt get copied-over the default user account ( this is fixed in sp3 i think).
remove from domain,syprep the machine- and image it to......? wherever.
actually i spend ages on the default user profile, running dvds, testing flash,shockwave, qtime, real, acrobat, printer settings etc..etc. But i have found the effort is well worth it.
I also use cleanslate to lock down the pc, but other software is available such as deep freeze etc, i am also looking at using 'reborn' cards to make a robust desktop without any type of antivirus required, except on the server, and machines that are left on mostly without a reboot.
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