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    BG Info on startup.

    Hi.
    Im trying to implement BGInfo as a startup item for certain user groups, not so those users can access it, but just so it shows some information on their desktops, then when they log off, it goes back to normal.

    Now, ive written a bat file for the program that has the variables in it that i need:
    P:\BGInfo\Bginfo.exe P:\BGInfo\config.bgi /timer:0 /NOLICPROMPT

    With P: being a hidden drive thats available to all users.

    Ive added it to the login scripts for the user group i want it to apply to, but it doesnt want to apply. It just displays the normal background for that user group instead?

    Ideas?

    Thanks in advance all. .

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    This is how we have it (inside a Kix script..)

    Code:
    \\server\netlogon\Bginfo.exe \\server\netlogon\staff.bgi /nolicprompt /i /silent /timer:0
    How are you applying it in GPO? a logon script?

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    Through a login script.

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    should run ok.. have you ran GPResults to ensure its coming down?

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    The key issue here (i think) is that if the user doesnt have local admin permissions on the machine then the information wont get written to the desktop

    Do you get an error message?

    I'm pretty sure there is a workaround, but here at my school, the info only gets written to the desktop when a member of the ICT Staff logs on (who also have local admin rights)

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    Works fine for us - our desktop background is stored in the NETLOGON share and BGInfo points to that location

    Although we apply it via a Kixscript which is under the login script setting on the users AD account..

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    Have you changed the option for where the bmp is stored? Bitmap -> Location when you create the bgi file.

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    Is the script running before the drives get mapped?

    Try using a UNC path rather than the mapped drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big-Jon View Post
    Try using a UNC path rather than the mapped drive
    Tryed.
    Same error.
    Im gonna try bunging it on its own share and pointing to that.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    Have you changed the option for where the bmp is stored? Bitmap -> Location when you create the bgi file.
    Yes.
    The bginfo.exe, the config.bgi and the wallpaper.bmp are all in the same directory.
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    Do you get an error message?
    Nope.

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    I packaged BGInfo into an msi and deployed it. Then I have my kixtart script run it at logon for kids:

    IF INGROUP("Kids") AND EXIST("C:\Program Files\BackInfo\BackInfo.exe")
    RUN "C:\Program Files\BackInfo\BackInfo.exe"
    ENDIF

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    Is your config file inside the msi as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomam View Post
    The bginfo.exe, the config.bgi and the wallpaper.bmp are all in the same directory.
    The setting affects where it tries to write the created bmp, by default, unless you change it when creating the bgi, is to put it in the windows folder which will not work for non admins.

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    At all schools where I use BGInfo, I create a folder called BGInfo within the root of the NETLOGON share, where your logon scripts should be.

    Here's a sample of BGInfo in my script:

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    At all schools where I use BGInfo, I create a folder called BGInfo within the root of the NETLOGON share, where your logon scripts should be.

    Here's a sample of BGInfo in my script:

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    net time \\SERVERNAME /set /yes
    REM * Sets Background desktop *
    if exist %systemroot%\bginfo.exe goto tools
    copy \\SERVERNAME\netlogon\tools\BGINFO\BGINFO.EXE %SYSTEMROOT% /Y
    :tools
    %SYSTEMROOT%\bginfo.exe /i"\\SERVERNAME\netlogon\tools\bginfo\CURRIClogon.bgi" /timer:0
    
    REM * Sets Background desktop *
    %SYSTEMROOT%\bginfo.exe /i"\\SERVERNAME\netlogon\tools\bginfo\logoff.bgi" /timer:0
    Hope this helps
    Is that a bat or vb script?

    Its annoying me now, because while its a useful app in some regards, its very annoying in others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomam View Post
    Is your config file inside the msi as well?
    Sure is. I use a standard config and it never changes.

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