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I'm trying to "force" desktop background from server to workstations with Group Policy
(the pic below shows which policy i'm talking about).
Well, that's easily done, but the problem is that users cannot change background if they so choose to do.

So my question here is:
Is there any other way to get this background shared to all workstations when users log in, and so that they can change it if they like?

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by:Mustafa L. McLinn
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So wait... do you want them to have a default background then allow them to change or do you just want to allow them to change.

All the settings are actually in front of you. You only have to Enable Active Desktop to allow them the ability to change there background. If you look it shows you how to enable UNC to force a default desktop picture.
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by:thaapavuori
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Yes i'm trying to put default background and also allow users to change it if they like.
So far i've tried these settings:

     Active Desktop > Enabled
     Desktop Wallpaper > Enabled  \\"server"\"pic.jpg"

also tried:
     Prevent changing desktop background > Disabled
     Prohibit changes > Disable

result:
     Default background is set, but still cannot change it.
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_24484724.html

here is another reference to a similar problem.

It seems as though the situation is that you can't have a configurable desktop wallpaper and still have a default picture simultaneously. One suggestion is to either HKEY force the wallpaper and allow it with GPO policy without setting a default pic, or force the default pic and script an override when the user logs in.

http://www.winserverkb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/windows-ts/14469/TS-2008-Force-Desktop-Background
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by:thaapavuori
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Thanks for the tip Endorfinized.

Group Policys didn't work like i wanted to, so...
I made a few line logon script that changes wallpapers registry key value,
and shared this script for a wanted Organization Unit with Group Policy.
And after this it's working just as it was planned.

Script: background.bat
reg delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop" /v Wallpaper /f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop" /v Wallpaper /t reg_sz /d \\server\file.jpg
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