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Windows XP image after login

I work at a university and I noticed when I log into a campus computer lab, I can install anything that I want, do whatever I want.. delete system files, whatever...

when I log off and log back in, it is as if I was never there.  it is almost like there is an image somewhere and somehow the image gets reapplied at each login, or none of your settings are changed.. ??  I am not sure.  anyone know how to do this?  I have a 20 station lab myself and sometimes users mess up icons and stuff.. I would like everything to reset as to a specific profile.
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lefty431
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MattiasNCommented:
Is it roaming profiles you are after?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314478
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lefty431Author Commented:
Yeah, I don't know. I have used roaming profiles before.    unless there is a way to reload a standard profile after each logoff?
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pjmccCommented:
i'm pretty sure its a mandatory profile

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb776895(VS.85).aspx
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lefty431Author Commented:
sounds like it..  now how do you create one?  

would it make sence to configure a profile the way I want it and then copy it somewhere?  How would I include mapped drives?  can I add mapped drives to a profile or do I need to do a login script for that?

example if I create a profile that has a shortcut that opens a program on the R: drive and the.  that folder has to be mapped before that shortcut will work.
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pjmccCommented:
does your 20 station lab have a domain controller active directory?
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lefty431Author Commented:
yes it does.
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jcimarronCommented:
lefty431--Maybe one of these is in use at the campus computer lab, and you can use it, too.
http://www.faronics.com/html/Deepfreeze.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/default.mspx
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pjmccCommented:
ok well first step for mandatory profile would be make a template profile so we can use this and copy it 2 all users

reate a new account on your computer and call it test or soemething and put all your icons on the desktop that you want your users 2 see and not be able to change and any other settings this will be the template

restart

then login into any account but the test account right click computer go to properties advanced go to user profile part then click  settings copy the test profile somewhere on your hard disknote that you have to not log into the user profile you want to copy since restarting

let me know when uve done this
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lefty431Author Commented:
Ok, I have done this.  I copied the profle to a shared folder on the network.  is that ok?
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pjmccCommented:
yeh thats good part of the next step.

ok rename that shared folder on the network u did to profiles if you want easier for this guide.

now create a test username in AD right click on it go to the profiles tab section and put in profile path //servername/profiles/test (servername = your servers computer name)

then in the profiles shared folder create a folder called test and copy the template profile into it.

 make sure that test folder is the root so all the folders like application data, my documents etc should be in the test folder
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pjmccCommented:
ok now go into the test profile folder where u copyed the template into and rename NTUSER.dat 2 NTUSER.man might be hidden so set all files to show thats pretty much it let me know if u have problems
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lefty431Author Commented:
Is there a way to make a master default profile?  
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nobusCommented:
if you wabnt your system to stay the same, you have different options :
-soft :  Deepfreeze :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Freeze_(software)
                                  http://www.faronics.com/html/Deepfreeze.asp
            steady State :  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/default.mspx
-hard : reborn card : http://www.lenten.com/
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jcimarronCommented:
lefty431--I am honored that two other posteres have seconded my suggestions concerning DeepFreeze and SteadyState.   :)
They still might be something for you to consider.
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lefty431Author Commented:
SteadyState sounds like a good idea.  I am looking into see if there is a way to centrally administer the computers
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