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copy Windows 7 domain user profile settings

We are installing windows7 enterprise throughout our company, and we are spending way too much time configuring all the settings that are profile specific (display, startmenu, folder options, etc)

Is there a way to create a master profile template for domain users, and then apply that so no matter how many people login to the machine, they will all recieve the same desktop settings?

Thanks in advance, this would greatly speed up the process.
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
You can control several of those settings through GPO.  What level of AD functionality do you have?
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dlbenson1979Author Commented:
Forest and Domain level are 2003. All DC's are 2003.
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
You will need to install the Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 schema extensions to do so.  Do you need directions on how to do that?

Justin
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dlbenson1979Author Commented:
Yes please. Are you saying that I can install these extension on our current 2003 DC? Also, is a reboot involved?
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Vishal PatelCommented:
This can be done in two ways:
(1) Using GPO (You can set desktop, starmentu, taskbar, screensaver, and many other user settings.
(2) Using preferences (you need to update schema to 2008R2/2008)

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dlbenson1979Author Commented:
Please close this question. Experts have provided correct content but I out system does not meet the requirements that their answer declare.
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
Download RSAT and install it on a Windows 7 machine.  

http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7D2F6AD7-656B-4313-A005-4E344E43997D&displaylang=en

Turn on the feature once installed (Control Panel, Software, Add/Remove Windows features).

You can then create Windows 7 specific GPOs and upload them to AD from the Windows 7 machine.  There is no way to manage Windows 7 GPO specifics from Server 2003, any flavor.  You would need a Server 2008 R2 Domain controller to do that.

Justin
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dlbenson1979Author Commented:
The answer was probably correct but I could not test this due to the fact that my environment did not meet the minimum requirement.
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