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Display Computer Name & Logged In Username on Desktop

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I have Windows Small Business Server installed and need to have the station id (computer name of the workstation) and the username (of the logged in user) displayed on the desktop (wallpaper). I'd like to be able to use one wallpaper file (background image) and have the station id and username generated dynamically if possible. At the same time, I want to prohibit all users except for Admins from changing the desktop (wallpaper) - all workstations/users will have the same desktop wallpaper and settings, etc.

I'm new to SBS, so any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Sean
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by:dhoustonie
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Not sure how to do it via wallpaper, there maybe a third party tool that would do it

An alternative is here, changing the registry for my computer from My computer to : %user% logged onto %computername%

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/14912/14912.html


Hope this helps,

David Houston
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This tool will do it no problem.

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/BgInfo.html
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by:savetheorcas
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BgInfo seems to be great, still playing with it. Only question I have is how can I make is so that users can't change the desktop (WallPaper)?.

Thanks very much for all the help!

Sean
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by:Saineolai
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You can use the "prevent changing wallpaper" group policy to prevent this.  however read the Microsoft KB article here

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327998/en-us

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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FYI, I use BGInfo on every SBS that I manage because when I switch from one to another I sometimes forget which one I'm on.   (although you can't see it from here because I didn't use it on the workstation desktops, this is why I need it:  http://techsoeasy.com/m.jpg)

It's a great program and should work just fine for what you are trying to do.

Jeff
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by:mad_wog
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With BG Info, you can also have it save a MDB file, TXT or XLS file on the indvidual computer OR on the server (make sure user has access rights)
it will save all the information that bginfo attains
login timestamp, user, ip, computer name and all the rest, will be great for tracking users on the individual computer
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