Windows Thread, Can you have a local mandatory profile? in Technical; Originally Posted by farmerste
if you like i'll try and give you a blow by blow account of how i ...
1st March 2009, 06:39 PM #16
I would certainly appreciate an account of how you handle Default Profiles It would come very useful indeed.
Originally Posted by farmerste
Thank you for your kind offer,
3rd March 2009, 11:35 AM #17
how i do it
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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Duds (11th August 2010), LCPSWolf (2nd June 2009), rosswilson (3rd March 2009)
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