Group Policy, Active Desktop, and Hide Desktop Icons = Blank desktop?
Posted on 2007-11-16
I have a small lab environment of about 25 machines, both Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 being managed by a Windows 2000 Server.
I'm trying to lock down the workstations a little bit, and I'm at the point where I came across an interesting issue I haven't been able to solve, even through excessive googling.
Basically, I have the windows 2000 user logins in one OU in active directory, and the XP user logins in another. Each OU has a seperate group policy. The workstations are set to log these users in automatically.
What I'd like to do is set the webpage as the background and hide all the desktop icons.
Under user configuration/administrative templates/desktop/active desktop/, I enabled "enable active desktop", "active desktop wallpaper", and "add/delete items". "add/delete items" is set to "About:Home", so it will display the home page as the desktop wallpaper (so, I can change the homepage URL via group policy). Like this, there is a strip down the left side on the workstations that the webpage doesn't fill.
Also, if I enable "hide all desktop icons", the webpage disappears from the background along with the icons, even though it looks like all the active desktop settings are still configured correctly when looking at the settings on the workstations.
Are these some weird active directory group policy quirks? How can I fix this?