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How to create Mandatory profil on Ubuntu

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Hello,

I work in a school environnement and we have a lab with about 100 computers and anyone can acess these computers. I'm looking for a way to create a mandatory profil on Ubuntu since I'll be adding this to our lab. I've tried using Kiosktool, Sabayon and Pessulus but I've had no luck with these (always errors or problems no one could answer since there isn't support on it anymore). I know there is a way to script this. I could probably configure a desktop then when a user logs in the domain make him use this profil and then dump everything on log off.

Does anyone have a clue on how to do this ?

Thanks a lot.
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Locking down Gnome is all a matter of gconf settings. You can easly group them in a script and execute the script on each PC (remotely or locally).

This is the main guide: http://library.gnome.org/admin/deployment-guide/
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Thanks this stuff looks good but I still need to know how can I script it so that I have some specified icons in my desktop and the correct configuration for my taskbar. Where does it get this configuration from ? Gconftools-2 allow me to lockdown stuff but what if I need a customized desktop ?
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After a few hours of trying to understand how everything works with gconf I got it working by using the dump and load method on the mandatory xml file. Though I still have some questions about Gconf, i'm closing this thread since the main question is answered.

I would have liked to know how to apply gconf only to domain users without using sabayon or pessulus because locking down my own desktop while I'm using a local admin isn't going to get me anywhere. I'll have to find the answers on my own I guess. Feel free to reopen this thread if you have any questions, I'll be glad to answer them since I've spent quite a some time trying to figure this stuff out.

I found this guide that also contributes (the link to this guide doesn't work on fmarzocca's link): http://library.gnome.org/admin/system-admin-guide/2.26/
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