Mandatory profiles and initial application setup

Posted on 2010-09-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I work in a school environment and we have the students setup with mandatory profiles. The problem I am having is that Office applications and certain applications are doing their initial setup as if they were being run for the first time. Then when the student logs off obviously the next student that logs on gets the same prompt.

I want the machines to treat everyone that logs in like they have been logged in before and not prompt for initial setup of applications. The same goes for teachers that do not have roaming profiles, when they log onto a machine I want the machine to act like they have logged in before.
Question by:danisham
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by:Mike Thomas
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To allow this you have allow individual profiles, not mandatory, mandatory is reset at log off and is shared by all users, to allow them individual settings you need individual profiles. The only other thing that might work is run the installers then set the profile to mandatory but they weill just get authentication errors and have to configure outlook/office each time instead I would imagine.

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We had Novell and have just converted to Microsoft. Each computer has a local student accout that the students used to use. Is there a way to point the mandatory profile to that local student profile or perhaps copy the local student profile Application Data settings to the All Users / Default Users Application Data folder so that it affects anyone that logs in?
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Mike Thomas earned 250 total points
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Yes you could copy that profile to the "Defaul User" profile which is a hidden folder in Documents and Settings, if you select the show hidden files and folder option you will see the folder, all new profiles are a copy of that one so if modified all new profiles will get the modifications.


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Will the settings in the Default User profile override settings pulled down in the Mandatory profile? IE If I set the default user profile's homepage to Microsoft, and the Mandatory profile's homepage is MSN, what would be the home page when the mandatory profile gets pulled down to the machine?
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by:Mike Thomas
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No each profile is unique and a user can only load/have 1 in use so it's and or not both or a combination of the 2.


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