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I would like to script/automate the following each time I add a new user on our 2003 terminal server.

I will be able to sign on as that user and then start the configuration. Hopefully, I can automate the following task of which item #5, toolbar configuration is the most important.

1. Put My Computer on desktop
2. Put My Documents on desktop
3. turn on Quick Launch tool bar
4. Outlook (If necessary, I will manually start Outlook the first time)
      Tools, Customize, Options:
            Show Standard and Formatting toolbars on two rows
            Always show full menus
5. Excel - move to Quick Launch
            Tools, Customize, Options:
            Show Standard and Formatting toolbars on two rows
            Always show full menus
Toolbar configuration - customize
set print area to the right of Print icon on the Standard tool bar menu
to the far right of the Format menu tool bar icon:
            delete rows
delete columns
insert rows
insert columns
Tools, Options, uncheck Startup task pane
5. Word - move to Quick Launch
Tools, Customize, Options:
            Show Standard and Formatting toolbars on two rows
            Always show full menus
Display view: page width (instead of normal 100%)
View  Print Layout (make default)
      Turn off ruler
Tools, Options, General tab, uncheck allow starting in Reading Layout
Tools, Options, View tab, uncheck Startup task pane
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Several methods possible, for instance:
-Use Regmon.exe or WininstallLE or sysdiff.exe to capture the registry settings that change when you apply those settings and script these in a batch file or VBScript file to use as logon script, or .reg file to import once.
-Set up a user profile with these settings and copy it on the server to c:\Documents and Settings\Default User
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I found creating a 'template' user, configuring that user and then copying over onto Default User a very quick / efficient solution.  You may need to change the access rights on Default user to at least Read.  Thanks...
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