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Rolling out changes to PCs

I need to be able to roll out a home page change and ODBC change to 300 of my networked PC on a daily basis in case a user changes those settings (home page in IE and ODBC change in control panel).  

Yes, I could lock the PCs down by not having the users be admins but that is too much trouble and would never get approved (users rule here and no way we can take admin away from them).  

The above could probably be accomplished with a script command but we might want to roll apps out in the future and I believe all of the below do that.  

All are on Windows 2000 or Windows XP.  I have looked at:

Inodes
Netinstall
Admin studio

Can someone suggest which is the best product?   I hear netinstall is not as good as inodes but will be in a few months.  Or, does anything beat all of the above for roll-outs?  

Thanks!
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tmorrison3Commented:
If you are going to change it daily anyway why not set home page with a GPO? - you can also roll out software too - Best thing is you already own it! That way you can still give your users admin rights on the machine.
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Lotus30306Author Commented:
What is a GPO and where can I find out more about it?  We don't use Active Directory so I am not sure if that affects our choices.

Thanks!
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tmorrison3Commented:
Sorry - assumed you were using active directory.
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Lotus30306Author Commented:
No problem, anyone else have any ideas how to roll out changes to the home page and ODBC?  Thanks!
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Lotus30306Author Commented:
Let's change the question around and ask if there is command I can put in the login script which changes a user's home page without any user input?  All users are admin on their machines.  Thanks!
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tmorrison3Commented:
I would try to change the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\MAIN\Start Page.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=245031
http://www.winnetmag.com/Windows/Article/ArticleID/40714/40714.html
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Lotus30306Author Commented:
Good idea.  Do you know the command to do this from the command line?  I have some Windows 2000 PCs and some Windows XP Pro machines.
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tmorrison3Commented:
links should tell you
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Lotus30306Author Commented:
Looked in there but can not find it.  I am upping the point value to 500 for the one line command to change my homepage in IE (on W2K or WINXP) to www.cnn.com

Thanks!
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tmorrison3Commented:
Save the code below as a .vbs and it will change the key - call it from a batch file if you want

set wshshell = createobject("wscript.shell")
     regkey = "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page"
                regval = "http://www.cnn.com"
     wshshell.regwrite regkey ,regval
SET WSHSHELL = NOTHING

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tmorrison3Commented:
Add this line of code to your batch file to call the .vbs where ever you save it

cscript <network path\filename.vbs>
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Lotus30306Author Commented:
Works great but Norton asks me if I want to run this script.  I can't have the users complain about the question after each startup.  

Is there anyway to do this in a batch file without a visual basic script?

p.s. I am giving you some points on this one anyway since it does work.  :)
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tmorrison3Commented:
add the line to call the script via a batch file

cscript <network path\filename.vbs>
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Lotus30306Author Commented:
Called it from a batch file with cscript and Norton still catches it.  Any other ideas?
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tmorrison3Commented:
Can you tweak norton settings to allow this script? I use Trend Micro and
it runs like a champ : )
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