Terminal Server 2008 - User Start Menu and Desktop

Posted on 2009-02-14
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
What is the best way to control the desktop and start menu on a Terminal Server?  Right now I have a small domain with some regular users.  I have placed my terminal server in its own OU and enabled loopback processing enabling me to lock down the terminal server nicely.  What I cant figure out is how to make all users have a simple desktop and start menu.  Right now all terminal server users get a start menu with all of the applications on the server which I don't want as some of them are things like APC Network Shutdown etc that TS users don't need to see.  How can I set up an extremely basic Start Menu for TS users and a very basic desktop with a couple of icons?
Question by:tempus6
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    by:Henrik Johansson
    Enable the following policy setting to remove programs from the common start menu:
    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\Remove common program groups from Start Menu

    Use folder redirection to point start menu to a restricted public start menu.
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    I missed the desktop part of the question. Enable the following policy setting to clean up the desktop
    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop\Hide and disable all items on the desktop
    You also have some other settings in the same category (...\Desktop) like for example just hide network connections

    Or keep the folder C:\Users\Public\Desktop clean to only include the icons that shall be public.

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