I am using Windows 2000 server on a Dell PowerEdge 2500 Server. I am trying to set up profiles and/or policies for a group of workstations to use. I want to enable the users to only use certain programs (i.e. Internet Browsers, Word Processors, and a few others). I also want to restict the users so they cannot see/do critical things (i.e. install new software, uninstall current software, view or modify Control Panel, run programs through "Run", modify registry settings, etc.
I have read a little about manditory profiles and they seem to be the most useful for my problem. I want to serve a very limited new desktop to every user. When they logoff, I do not want to store the changes that they made, though I do want to allow them to change things like monitor resolution, etc. I also want to link each user to a shared folder on the server so that they can download from instructors. Furthermore, each user has a folder set up on the server so that they can save their files. I want to set this folder up as their default save path.
I am new to Windows server (have a lot of experience w/ Macs) and would really appreciate all the help and specificity that can be offered. Thank you in advance.
P.S. I have assigned 200 points becuase of all of the detail that I am asking for. I am pretty sure that all of these things are actually pretty easy, common place things to do for someone who know Windows 2k Server very well, but I have (after all) asked for a lot of specifics.
Thank you very much :-)