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Clean up user Start Menus in Windows server 2003 terminal server session

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I have looked for this issue all over the internet and have not found a good way to accomplish this task.  

We run a Citrix environment on top of windows terminal server 2003 boxes.  Users login to full desktops provided by ICA connections.

The huge bane of my existence has been messy profiles and Start Menus.  I have hidden things like CMD and accessibility settings from the start menu on Default and "All Users" profile on each of the servers.  However now I have users that have logged in to their profile and now have those links saved to their profile start menu.   I could go to each profile and delete there start menu folder in there profiles. But we have quite a few users.

Is there a way to clear out a users start Menu each time they logout, or in, to make it so it will automatically look for changes on the all users or default users profile?  This would also help when we add or change app names or structure in the start menu.

I know there is someone out there that has done this before.  

Thank you for your time.
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You can redirect the start menu to a folder that they only have read permissions to, through group policy.  That way you only have to change the start menu in once place when you do make changes.
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So if the user downloads the start menu to there profile folder from the redirected folder.  Then I make a change to the redirected start menu.  Do the changes show up the next time the user logs in to their profile?  Or does it use the start menu they downloaded to their profile?
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If you redirect the start menu, they don't download it, they look at it from the folder you have redirected it to.

Assuming that they have only read access to it, then they can't make changes to it.

If you make a change, it should show up immediately.
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Very interesting.  I never thought about creating a separate default profile then redirecting it for each client.  This is very interesting.  I will have to play with it today and if this fits our needs I will award the points.  Thanks for responding so quickly.
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Yeah, there are a handful of folders you can redirect using group policy.  It's not a panacea, and it can have some unusual results, for instance, if the server hosting the share with the redirected folder is down.
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Thanks for your help with this.  It has made a big difference.
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