Standardised desktops throughout domain

Hi Guys,
Is there any documentation on how to properly set up a standardised desktop throughout a domain? We also would like the applications that people use to have icons in the Quick Launch bar, has anyone done this or know of a way of doing that?
Many thanks for any help!

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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
For an individual machine - set up a dummy user account, log on using this account and set up the desktop, menus shortcuts, screen savers, map drives etc and all the other stuff that you want to standardize for new users. When all is to your liking, log off from the dummy account.. You can then copy the profile you have just created so that it becomes the default for all new users. To do this you need to log on as an administrator, You will first need to go to the Control Panel, and in Administrative tools, Folder Options, on the View Option make sure that the option to Show Hidden Files and Folders is selected. It is also a good idea to make sure that the Hide Extensions for known file types is NOT selected so you can identify files more easily later on. Then exit the control panel. Right click on My Computer and select Properties, Advanced, and click on SETTINGS under User profiles. Select the dummy profile and then COPY TO another user option. Copy the dummy profile to C:\Documents and Settings\Default User making sure that you change the 'Permitted to use' option to 'Everyone' so that the new users will have the necessary permissions on the profile. Confirm the action replacing the existing default profile when prompted.

To configure for a domain you will need to do all machines as above (or one and sysprep it then copy it to the  others - or use a roaming profile - see

Just to point out that you can put the Default User profile directory you want to use domain-wide in the Netlogon share on the server. That's where I have mine, I never have to puy it in the C:\Documents and Settings route. So if you want it set domain wide, simply create a folder in the \\<your server>\netlogon folder called "Default User" then when using Copy To, copy it to \\<your server>\netlogon\Default User

This behaviour is described here:

So there's no need to copy it to all the machines...
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Ah right, fair enough!
SensataAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that guys. So this will also enable to set up apps in the quick launch bar aswell then i take??
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