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Prevent members of an OU from renaming/Deleting desktop icons

Posted on 2004-09-22
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Is there a way to prevent users within an OU, via Group Policy,  from renaming/deleting desktop icons at their workstation? All desktops are running XP Pro. I couldn't find anything that worked.

Does anyone have a custom template that I could import?

Unfortunately, implementing mandatory profiles isn't a viable solution, and I can't script my way out of a wet paper sack.

Many thanks in advance.
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Question by:wiseman4250
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PKundtz earned 750 total points
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I don't know of a GPO that will do this.  One solution I can think of is to add the icons to your PCs "All Users" Desktop.  By default, only Administrators can delete icons from that location.  There are a couple scripted methods to do this.  One way is to add the icons through a start-up script (to the OU you choose) and reboot the PCs.  something like this:

'copyicons.vbs
Const OverwriteExisting = True
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.CopyFile "\\server\share\iconfile1" , "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
objFSO.CopyFile "\\server\share\iconfile2" , "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\", OverwriteExisting
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by:Mike_Kauble
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Open the GPO you want to use, and:

User Configuration -----> Administrative Templates -----> Desktop -----> Active Desktop

All of the settings you want are in there, including one called "Prohibit Changes" and "Prohibit Deleting Items".

Hope this helps.
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by:jskfan
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can someone just paste the solution here instead of me trying to figure out through the Link thread whic one is correct answer? is it a script if so can you just paste it here, if it's a GPO, can you just refer me to the settings?
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