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Controlling what the start menu displays for Terminal Clients

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I have a Domain Controller, and a Terminal services machine.  When someone logs on to the Terminal services machine they have a start menu that includes some items from the Domain Controller, and some from the Terminal Services machine.  How do you control or set up a group so they have a specific start menu?
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Assuming you are running Windows Server 2003 as the TS...

The start menu should be a combination of c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu folder, and the specific user's Start Menu folder (eg. c:\Ducoments and Settings\USERNAME\Start Menu).
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That is most of it, but internet explorer and Outlook exprees appear in the star menu, but are in neither place.  How can I get rid of them?

There are also some that are only on the Domain Controller under all users.  How does this get on there?
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What I have done, as I too wanted the Outlook Express icons removed, was this:

1) Open the command line
2) Type: cd\Documents and Settings
3) Type: del "Outlook Express.lnk" /s

This will remove the icon for all your TS users.  Unfortunately, if you add a new user, you will have to go in and delete the icon for that user manually (or just run those steps again).

The same applies for Internet Explorer, unless you would like to uninstall completely (if so, see http://software.newsforge.com/software/04/07/01/123233.shtml?tid=78&tid=82&tid=90).  In addition, Internet Explorer (and Outlook Express) will show up on the top of the Start Menu (unless it is set as Class Start Menu).  To remove these icons, you will need to open up the Start Menu properties dialogue, and click Customize and then remove the checkmarks for Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.

I'm not sure about your additional start menu items, however, I would try to search for these to see if you could simply delete them as well.  Try "dir NAMEOFICON*.lnk /s" at the command prompt to see if they are there (or just use windows search tool).

Hope that helps.
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