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lock imac dock

I have a lab of imacs 500-600mhz, 384 meg ram, cd-rw, OS 10.3.9, I know I should upgrade a newer operating system, but cannot afford it at this time. The students have apps on the dock and folders on the desktop that they need to save files to. I would like to know how to lock the dock so the student cannot move or magnify it. Is there a way to do this without purchasing anything new??
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Do you have a Mac OSX Server or are all the Macs stand-alone?

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stevek65Author Commented:
We do have a 10.4 server, but the imacs are not currently setup to the server. How would I set them to the server? For now can I do it stand alone?
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
For stand-alone .. the simplest solution is to create an admin user  ... and a standard User.

If you login as an Admin User you can lock-down the applications and settings that the Standard User can edit.

In a non-admin account you can lock the Dock in System Preferences > Accounts > Parental controls

If you are a bit braver .. you can also look at locking the plist file .. there's an Applescript file that does it
http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=67085

IF you were running OSX server you could modify the ability to edit the dock for ALL users in a central manner using the Open Directory User accounts settings
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stevek65Author Commented:
I don't believe you can lock the dock as far as moving the dock in Parental Controls. I think you can just lock what is on the dock not the location.
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stevek65Author Commented:
Can you refer me to where it would help me with the Open DIrectory?
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stevek65Author Commented:
I am using the OSX server as a file server(Stand Alone Server). Can I also use Open Directory?
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Open Directory will only work if you use the Server as a Domain Controller so that all users login and authenticate against the Server account.

If you've never setup or configured Open Directory I suggest that you do some reading on the Apple Support website as it can be complicated.
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