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How do i lockdown desktops?

Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have Windows Server 2003 Standard (SP2) running with a few clients connected (XP PRO SP2), i don't want domain users to be able to add files, shorcuts etc to the desktop, and i don't want them to delete anything from it.

What i want to do is to be able to add and remove desktop icons (domain admin) and add shorcuts etc.

How can i do this?
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You need to deploy mandatory profiles: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307800

Without mandatory profiles, each user has Full Control over their profile and can add and delete files/shortcuts at will.


Can they still have full control even though i have redirected the desktop location to a folder user "folder redirection" in group policy and unchecked "grant user exclusive rights....."?
The "grant user exclusive rights" check-box merely controls whether you can enforce additional ACLs on a redirected profile, such as allowing administrators rights to redirected profiles.  Removing this check-box will not affect the user's rights to their own profile.


Any other way, or just mandatory profiles which i don't really want to do.
Nope.  Mandatory profiles are the only way to prevent users from adding/removing items from their desktop as you indicated in your original post.


Thanks for the help so far, another question i have is, how can i, as an administrator, have full access to user documents etc.
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