joining XP workstations to domain, but need to keep local settings
Posted on 2004-08-19
I have 25 workstations that I am joining to my organization's domain. While I have the ability to add machines to the domain and have local admin privileges, I do not have admin-level priveliges on the domain, nor may I config Active Dir GPOs, etc. The machines are running XP Professional, static IP, and have common software installed (MS Office 2003, Photoshop, etc). In addition, these workstations are equipped with a hard drive protection device called Centurion Guard, which reverts the workstation back to it's previous state each time is it rebooted (e.g. you initially setup the machine how you like, lock it, and after that nothing will ever be saved to disk after a shutdown or reboot.)
So here is the problem: these machines need certain windows preferences and application program configurations - everything from "displaying all hidden files" in Windows Explorer, to using a certain desktop wallpaper, to changing the auto update feature in Adobe Reader - the full gamut, all pre-configured so a user doesn't have to. Now, with setting up the domain, users will be logging on, and all of those prior configurations and program preferences setup in the past are gone, and each user that logs in must start from scratch. And with the drive protection enabled, any preferences a user saved during a domain session won't be saved!
So, what I am asking is, is there any way I can use my old pre-domain Windows and program preferences so that users won't have to completely start from scratch each time they login via the domain? Can this be done outside of AD? I know you can drop icons and favorites in the "All Users" directory, but I need more.
Is there any solution in this scenario?