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Deploy corporate screensaver and desktop wallpaper to 250 node Active Directory network

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I want to assign a newly designed corporate screensaver and desktop wallpaper to all 250 Windows 2000 Pro client computers on an Active Directory network.  Currently users do not have administrative rights to their machine, and no standard has been set for either the desktop wallpaper or the screensaver.

I thought it would be easiest to use Group Policy to assign both, but I'm not sure how to copy the actual .scr and .jpg files to each client computer's hard disk (logon script doesn't seem appropriate here).

While researching this, I saw a note that said if I pointed the Group Policy setting (under User Configuration - Administrative templates - Desktop - Active Desktop) to a shared networked location (example: \\server\readyonlyshare\corp.jpg) that it would be cached locally.

If this is true, where would I find the file in the client's file system?  Also, will this work with a screensaver as well?

If these ideas won't work, what is the easiest way for me to accomplish this task?
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by:adeelminhaj
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As far as the screen saver is concern, you can specify one in the Group Policy. Follow the route given below.,

User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Control Pannel - Display

You can set the following four policies for screen saver:

Activate Screen Saver
Screen Saver Executable name (e.g. %windir%\system32\ss3dfo.scr)
Password Protect the Screen Saver
Screen Saver Timeout

Note: screen saver file must be common in all the machines, otherwise you've to make it available for all of your machines.
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by:aaronjankowski
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Adeelminhaj,

My problem is that the SCR and JPG file are NOT currently on the hard disks of the client machines (I only received the prototypes yesterday, but I could make the files available via a network share no problem).  How can I make these files available for all the client PCs?

Additionally some client machines are laptops, and do not always have access to the corporate network whilst on the road.  I need a method of getting these files (wallpaper.jpg and screensaver.svr) onto the client machines, either cached locally via a network share, or via some other method.

Once the files are in a known location on the client PCs, I know how to use group policy to do the rest.

Thanks.
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adeelminhaj earned 400 total points
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I guess you can better use a logon batch file (in quite mode), which can ...
1. create a folder in %windir%
2. copy both the .scr and .jpg files in that specific folder

Then you can define both the policies as you are already aware of it.

for the laptops while on the run, it uses the cached profile and do not need to create and copy these things.
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