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Files and folder will be deleted after user log off. Windows 2003

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Hi,
  Every times a user logs out, is there any way to automatically delete files related to that user inside My Document, Desktop,.... folders ?
Thanks
I run a win 2003 server with 20 XP computers.
 
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You can use the "Shared Computer Toolkit"  found here:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/default.mspx

That would do it...but it would basically revert to a "known state" each time it reboots...


Another option would be a logoff script that deletes the files based on what you specify.
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I agree with TheCleaner...

The logoff script deployed via a Domain GPO applied to the users in a logoff script.  

Create a batch file with the following commands (modify to fit your needs):

ECHO y |del %USERPROFILE%\My Docuements\*.*
ECHO y |del %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\*.*

Save with a name you like.
Save this file in a share on server that all the clients can reach

Create a GPO on the domain Apply the GPO to the OU containing the users.  If you are working in a workgroup you can load GPedit.msc on each computer as well and apply configure the GPO in both situation like this.

User Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts(Logon\Logoff)
Select Logoff and click add
Browse to the file in the share that you just created above
Click OK when finished.

Have the users logoff\logon and test (you may need to do a gpupdate /force).
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I was just thinking... you might want to tweak the batch file a little.  Hide some of the output so users don't really know you are deleting files.

@echo off
echo Perfoming cleanup
ECHO y |del %USERPROFILE%\My Docuements\*.* >  nul
ECHO y |del %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\*.* > nul
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Pber,

While I agree with your scripting, I would caution the author that this will delete EVERYTHING in My docs, including the default folders (my pictures, etc.).  Just a word of caution.



For the author, one more choice I thought of would be to use mandatory user profiles.  That way, even if the user creates files/folders, etc. the mandatory profile will take effect next time they log in, and basically revert back to the original profile without the extra files/folders.  You can get more info here:

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/307800
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by:Netman66
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If the profiles are set to Roaming, then you can use a GPO to do this:

Computer Configuration>Admin Templates>System>User Profiles :: Delete cached copies of roaming profiles = Enabled.

This will delete the user's local profile everytime they log off.

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For local setting for each computer, how can i only remove things related to the user?
I dont want to remove default applications such as IE and Office on desktop.
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I meant on the previous post that if i dont have server and i just run each computer locally. How can i remove things?
If i use script, i'm fraid that it will delete all default application shotcuts..etc.
I just want to delete file and folder created by user.
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I would look into the shared computer toolkit I said originally.
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Wow this is #1 tool. But do you know which setting enables user access startup programs on taskbar.
Because after using this tool, all startup programs disappeared on taskbar.
I want to access Volume or Antivirus from taskbar  
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