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Mandatory Desktop Wallpaper:  best strategies?

Posted on 2008-10-10
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Greetings, Experts.  I've got a dilemma that I would like assistance with.  This is on the topic of "mandatory Desktop Wallpaper" for my computer users.

LANDSCAPE:
DC's:  two WIndows 2003 servers.
USERS:  Citrix server (on a WIndows 2003 server) and a few desktop users (Windows 2000 and Windows XP)

CURRENTLY:
We're using Group Policy and Active Desktop to push custom JPG images to everyone's Desktops.

DILEMMA:
We have a working theory that Active Desktop is causing some unneeded problems for our Citrix server and workstations.  Additionally, we're agreeing that we would like to see if there is something a bit more 'elegant', as Active Directory seems to us to be a little overkill for our intent.

QUESTIONS:
1)  Is there a "better way" of pushing JPG's to everyone's desktops on bootup, outside of Active Desktop?  We're totally not sure of our options.  Again, the solution needs to be centric to Windows 2003 (Citrix), Windows XP & Windows 2000 clients.

2)  The only idea that we came up was use of Desktop Authority Express, which is in use on our DC's.  We're not sure of the negative impact of dropping Active Desktop pushing JPG's in favor of (having Desktop Authority) pushing BMP images to people's desktops.  Obviously, BMP's tend to be larger file sizes, but beyond that we're looking at "possible negative system impact" especially for our single Citrix server.

IN CLOSING:
What we're seeking are details regarding possible solutions.  Dialog is welcome, but ultimately the idea is answers to the above questions.  We're very grateful for any assistance, Experts!  Cheers.
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I would suspect mandatory profiles to be a good solution, though it may provide more than you're after.
  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786301.aspx
  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307800


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Thank you, sirbounty.  At this time, we are considering the use of Mandatory Profiles.  However we've not jumped on this yet as we are unsure how they will exactly play out in our company (i.e. impact of going from our current state to using Mandatory Profiles.
That said, we're wanting to see if there are any less-invasive options out there.  I totally appreciate the recommendation nonetheless, sirbounty.
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