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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    im a redirected folders kinda man here :P

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    I've got a problem. I'm using roaming profiles and its fine for when the users log in but the kiddies here are always looking for ways around the system.

    So what they do is log in, but whilst windows displays "applying network settings" they pull out the network cable. This leads to the profile not being loaded up and them being given the default profile with full access rights to control panel etc.

    Does anyone know how to stop that happening ?

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    @Pear: There is a GPO setting that prevents logon if the settings are not applied properly - a nightmare usually but probably what you want.

    Just check the MS Policy Settings spreadsheet.

    ... although if you don't use roaming profiles you wouldn't have this problem - place the Default User profile on the machines.

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    Thanks.

    I have already tried the GPO, it works straight after logon but as soon as the logon message changes to applying settings its useless.

    I see the logic in having the default profile on all the PCs, I found the system like this but I am sure I will consider the alternative.

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    put the following in a batch file and put it in the default users Startup program group.

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    shutdown -r -t 0 -f
    Watch out for rebooting computers.

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Pear
    I've got a problem. I'm using roaming profiles and its fine for when the users log in but the kiddies here are always looking for ways around the system.

    So what they do is log in, but whilst windows displays "applying network settings" they pull out the network cable. This leads to the profile not being loaded up and them being given the default profile with full access rights to control panel etc.

    Does anyone know how to stop that happening ?
    Before you image your build PC - set up a user as you would want (ie restricted) and copy their ntuser.dat to the default - then anyone logging in on the default will be equally restricted.

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    lol nice one geoff

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    Yes, that is a brilliant idea Geoff !

    Is there a way to transfer it to every pc (only 60) quickly ?

    This the same problem I would have with mandatory profiles. I keep changing the settings as I'm always adding new programs so once I've updated a profile I'd have to copy it to all the other machines.

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    put the batch file on a publically accessable share (netlogin is a good one).
    Write another batch file to copy the file to the local machine
    test it
    use psexec to run the install batch file on all your machines.

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    put the batch file on a publically accessable share (netlogin is a good one).
    Write another batch file to copy the file to the local machine
    test it
    use psexec to run the install batch file on all your machines.
    Then sit back and watch the fun!

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    I inherited a roaming profiles system from my predecessor and would love to go mandatory. However, am I right in thinking that when the students write macros in Microsoft Office they are stored in their profile? Would mandatory profiles mean that students couldn't save their macros? Also many students have loads of work saved to their desktop so it would be difficult to implement a new system now.

    Has anyone been in my situation where there is already a system in place? Have you managed to change it? Any tips?

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    Macros are stored in the document. You could use folder redirection to maintain a writeable desktop. Its something I do here for staff.

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    Hi!

    Thought I'd ask here. I must install new software for 2 classrooms (namely Frontpage for both and Photoshop for other). We have a mandatory profile for all users.

    So what I must do, is to copy the user profile to a new share (and rename ntuser.man to .dat) and login the test user from the classroom where I install both packages and make all the settings to both programs and copy shortcuts for all users. Then make a backup from the old profile and copy the new one over the original and rename .dat to .man. I wanna make sure that it doesn't matter if I create settings for software that doesn't exist in another classroom (I'm pretty sure it won't).

    Is this procedure correct? And can I do the copying from Windows Explorer on the server?

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    @MikeR

    Check out AJB's walkthrough here

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    Re: Locking down desktops and mandatory profiles

    Thanks mark!

    First classroom went fine, I'll try the other one later.

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