We have a 10 workstations Windows XP Pro and SBS Windows 2003 Premium environment.
How can I set and lock workstation settings from the server without having to log into each user's account and change those settings. I have heard of Group Policies, but do not know how to use them and need a good guide. But if Group Policies do not include all the settings I have listed below, I need to know what tools to download from Microsoft and others to make this happen.
1. All the items in Control Panel - I want to set the settings for each one on the server, push those settings out and keep them locked
2. Prevent users from saving files/downloads etc. from anywhere but their My Documents folder or a mapped drive
3. Prevent users from installing any software, except for common Java-based on activex components that need to run through the browser
4. Assign global settings for other software like Microsoft Office 2003, FireFox, WinZip etc.
Please provide articles/guides you have actually used and that work.
Thank you for any help!