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Posted on 2004-08-12
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I am trying to get my Termianl Server users to all see one desktop which will be located on a network share. I have set an AD policy to redirect the users desktops but it doesn't appear to work correctly. I want everyone to have the same wallpaper, icons ect. What is the best way of doing this ?
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by:SamuraiCrow
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If you want your users to have the same desktop you might consider mandatory profiles.  This will keep the user enviroment consistant and keep them from messing things up.  Check out the following link for info on creating them:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/lsm_profile_roaming.htm
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One more note.  You can define the path for the mandatory profiles on the Terminal Services Profile tab in the properties of the user object.
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howdy,

have a look at this http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-24_11-5239498-2.html

and possibly this


You don't have to set up folders for each user.
Set up a profile directory on a server,lets say called profiles. then in each users account put the following in the profile path
\\server\profiles\%username%
The username with the variables will automatically fill with the actual users name when the change is made.
The first time the user logs on, their roaming profile will be created on the profile share. You don't have to make the folders.
Cutting and pasting \\server\profiles\%username%
even for 100 users will only take about 15 minutes. when creating a user account in the future by copying an existing user account, the new user will have their proper profile path set up automatically.
Make sure your profile folder has full permissions for authenticated users, so that the users profile is able to be created upon the first logon. You may also want to use group policy to give Domain administrators full permission to the users profile, so you have better control over profile management. Otherwise even as an admin you won't have access to the users profile on the server.

hope that this helps
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If your concerned about have to manually update multiple user objects you can download the adupdate.net utility from the following link:

http://www.gotdotnet.com/community/workspaces/workspace.aspx?ID=F5CBBFA9-E46B-4A7A-8ED8-3E44523F32E2

It has save me hours in regards to user account updates and maintenance.
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by:shayneg
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Thanks everyone
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