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Display Clock on Terminal Server using GPO

Posted on 2007-12-04
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Hi,

Can someone suggest a way through GPO that we can display the clocks on a group of terminal servers?

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GregMoseley earned 2000 total points
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I can't ever recall seeing a GPO for this but that doesn't stop you from adding it into an ADM..

The settings are:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value Name: HideClock
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = Show Clock, 1 = Hide Clock)

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Greg
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Let me expand the on the ADM bit a little.

Add the following to either an existing ADM (or create a new one):
Deatils on editing an ADM can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/225087

POLICY !!ShowClock
        KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"
        VALUENAME "HideClock"
        VALUEON  NUMERIC 1
        VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY

Within the [strings] section add:

ShowClock="Display the system clock in the system tray"
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GregMoseley> This did not work - it appears that a server in application mode has this turned off by default?
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Ah, sorry. in that case check the following insuctions. It is possible, a little more fiddley but can still be done..

http://www.nukesilo.com/2007/03/01/enabling-the-clock-in-the-taskbar-for-terminal-services-sessions/
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GregMoseley> Thanks I had been looking and found this hoped there would be an easier way! Any idea how I can change the 9th pair of hex values using GPO???
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Sorry - just working through some old questions from my list.

If you run a logon script on your Terminal servers then add this as a Reg import to your logon script.

If you don't run a logon script, then add it to the c:\windows\system32\usrlogon.cmd that all Terminal Server users run as part of the TS logon process.

Apologies if I am teaching you to suck eggs, but to do a reg import as part of your logon script:

REGEDIT /S %pathtoregfile%

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