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Posted on 2011-03-17
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What is the best practice to lock down the users desktop and force user to only be able to save to a predetermined location.I know that Group Policy is the best way to lock down the Desktop but I have not yet been able to work out the part of Only giving user one place to save and create files.  Any help would be appreciated!
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Paul MacDonald earned 2000 total points
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Define "save and create files".  You can certainly give users a home folder and encourage them to store files there, but short of locking down the local computer it seems unlikely you could force them to.  That said, if all the can access is the local computer and a network share of some sort (home folder), then you're only giving them those two places to store stuff.

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Great help!

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Can you tell me where in the GPO you define "Save & Create Files" ?
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by:Paul MacDonald
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No, and I'm sorry if you misunderstood.  I was asking YOU to define "save and create files".  My point was there's no easy/surefire way to do what you seem to want to do.  Generally, users will have access to their local computers so they can store data there.  You can give users space on a network drive and encourage them to store data there, but you can't make them do it.  

Your best bet is to simply limit the number of places a user can put data and educate them on where and how they should do it.  I realize this isn't exactly a solution to your question.  Please feel free to redact the points if you like.

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