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Users saving to desktop, how can I stop this.

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I recently setup folder redirection and it works great.  Now I need to find away so user do not save to desktop. Please help.
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by:cjrmail2k
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Group Policy should do it for you. Or give them mandatory profiles
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by:Kruno Džoić
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use Profile Storage Space monitor, set to 30MB in group policy, and explain users how program works.
When profile is filled with data, program activate pop-up window with warning
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by:Donald Stewart
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Have you also redirected thier "Desktop" ?

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by:onebytesystem
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Dstewartjr

Yes I did redirect their desktop
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by:Donald Stewart
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Are you trying to limit the size or just where they are allowed to save files ?
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by:onebytesystem
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no size limit.  I'd like them to save to my documents not on their desktops
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by:onebytesystem
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and save to mapped network drives.
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by:Donald Stewart
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I would then set Quotas on the "Desktop" then they will eventually get used to saving where they are supposed to


http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Configuring-Volume-Folder-Quotas.html


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by:onebytesystem
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Thank you very much.
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Donald Stewart earned 167 total points
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Looks like you wont be able to set a Quota on each users individual "Desktop" folder, but by setting it on their home folder(or where you redirected My Documents and Desktop to) you can at least limit the size of that.

I dont worry about my users saving files to their desktop. They just learn that after they start experiencing slow logons and I explain that the larger the desktop folder is the longer it takes to logon.
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by:onebytesystem
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Is it possible to have them just not save to their desktop period and only save to  my documents
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by:Donald Stewart
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Are you using Group Policy Preferences?

If so you can redirect "Downloads"

You might run into too much headache if you disable saving to desktop. What about when users want to save a shortcut to desktop?
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by:onebytesystem
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Don't want shortcut either.  we basically want a clean desktop
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by:Donald Stewart
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Then make a mandatory profile as mentioned by the first comment in this thread.



But take note of this:



Folder Redirection with Mandatory Profiles

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295349


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by:onebytesystem
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ok, I will
thanks again
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by:cjrmail2k
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also if you are using folder redirection, you should be able to set the desktop folder to read-only. Of course my first suggestion is preferrable...
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