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Group policy for Wallpaper

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I have applied the group policy for domain. FOr this I have enabled the Active Desktop wallpaper in User configuration-->Admin Temp-->Desktop-->Active Desktop and enabled Active Desktop Wallpaper, in the wallpaper name I have given the path of the wallpaper. Also enabled "Enable Active Desktop".

Now the problem is I think policy is applied as on users systems It is showing blue screen and in the display properties-->desktop, back ground is not highlighted while on my domain controller, it is showing new wallpaper. I am not able to understand what is causing not to show the wallpaper on the users systems while my DC shows the new wallpaper. I checked the path of the wallpaper. Every thing seems fine.

Please suggest, Thanks
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I have had problems using that particular feature unless the wallpaper file itself is in Bitmap (BMP) format. Have you considered saving the wallpaper as BMP and updating the path in the policy as a test?
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But I go for .bmp file then the size of the file comes out to 1.5 MB ( I have already compressed the .jpg file) so will that be OK if I will use that much size of file in GP, will that not create the congestion in the newtork in the morning when users will login in.
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1.5MB is nothing for a BMP file, and considering the other traffic which goes across the network at login that wouldn't affect logon times or network load.

The compression on a JPG is very good and JPG files are compressed, but due to the mechanisms by which JPG files are set as desktop wallpaper, I have found that they are not very reliable or may not work at all. If you use a BMP file and specify this in the policy, you should find the wallpaper is applied first time.

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it is still not working, Is there any way to check what is wrong with the GP.How could I find the problem associated with it. any event which I could check in event viewer. any trouble shooting I could do to solve the problem.

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If there is an error while applying Group Policy, you will see an Error log in the System / Application Event Viewer at the time when you logon.

You would also want to run rsop.msc at a client workstation, then browse to the location where you set the policy. Rsop.msc shows you all the policies active on a machine, so if you don't see it listed there, it isn't applying to that particular machine for some reason.

Remember to run gpupdate /force after changing a policy for it to update immediately.

Also, you are referencing the BMP on the server using a UNC path, i.e. \\servername\share\background.bmp, aren't you?

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I don't know but I think you have indicated me the problem. Actually I am using local path, and to the partition I was using, domain user is not having access. I can say That is very silly mistake I was doing, Let me give the UNC path for the file,
Please correct me if I am wrong

I will let you know if all will go well. Thanks a lot Tigermatt.
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If you use a local path, then when that policy is applied to the workstation, the file would have to be present at the local path on the workstation. Since you haven't copied the file to each workstation, this will cause it to fail.

Put the file in a share on the server, give Everyone access, then set it as a UNC in the policy. You should find it will work.

:)

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Thanks a lot Tigermatt. You was right, I used UNC path and it worked even for .jpg.Thanks Again for your guidance and steps to check what is wrong with GP.
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Thanks a lot Tigermatt. You was right, I used UNC path and it worked even for .jpg.Thanks Again for your guidance and steps to check what is wrong with GP.
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You're most welcome. Thanks again :)
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