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    Deploying a Screensaver

    Hi Does anyone know the best way of having a "uniformed" screensaver????

    A student at my school created one and the Head would like it on all machines?

    any ideas?

    thanks john

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    Group Policy ?

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    Can this be done in GPO?

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    Make a .ZAP file first if you can't make a MSI. Deploy it and then control it via a GPO.....?

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    Thinking about it, a screen saver is normally a SCR file isn't it ?
    Instead of using a zap file a quick AutoIT logon script to deploy it would be easier.....

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    You can configure a screensaver through GPO. Its somewher under display in user configuration.

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    Theres an option in the GPO for it

    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Display then its screensaver executable name and Screensaver

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    i created a batch file that copies the screen saver from the server to the system32 folder then i made a regedit thing to change the registry entry. This is for when the computer is not logged on. I think it is in a GPO something to do with active desktop i think.

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    Ok,

    SO advice on how to create a custom screen saver is needed i feel now we know how to do it.

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    You could always use Electric Sheep. I'd deploy it here if I had the time to build a server for it so I don't get 200 machines trying to download sheep from the internet.

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    Ok,

    SO advice on how to create a custom screen saver is needed i feel now we know how to do it.
    I just created ours by making something in flash exporting it as a SWF then googling for "SWF to SCR coverter" and found one downloaded it an hey presto you got yourself one screensaver!!

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    ..oh, sorry. misread the subject. thought you said screwdriver

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    Re: Deploying a Screensaver

    We have just done this at our school - goup policy to control it when user logged on and then reg hack to control it before a user logs on. We had to distribute it to every PC as before logon, our computers couldn't 'see' network paths.

    Then we had the minor problem of some staff complaining because they had 'educational' screensavers which had been disabled....

    Reghack below:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
    "SCRNSAVE.EXE"="c:\\YourScreensaverName.scr"

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    You could use a targeted push screensaver app like SnapComms but you'd need to deploy an applet to the computers.

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