Group Policy

Hi,

I am trying to configure our company Screen Saver through Group Policy for our active directory domain users in the default domain policy. I found the options under user settings;

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates->Control Panel->Display->Password protect the screensaver  -- ENABLED

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates->Control Panel->Display->Screensaver  Executable Name  -- ENABLED

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates->Control Panel->Display->Screensaver   -- ENABLED

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates->Control Panel->Display->Screensaver Timeout  -- 480 seconds
 How and where we can add/attach the company screen saver or is there any other way to configure.
gogimathewAsked:
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SyedJanCommented:
Under the Screensaver  Executable Name  type the the name of the screen saver executeable file. for example that would be screensaver.scr and this screen saver should exists %Systemroot%\System32 directory if that file is not there then you have to type the exact path for the screen saver file.

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gogimathewAuthor Commented:
hi Syed,
Thanks for the reply. If we have a our own screensaver, we have to give the path, right.
eg. C:\Screen\ScreenSaver.scr
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gogimathewAuthor Commented:
hi syed,

I meant, Where the screen server file will be placed? i.e, how it will be transferred to the PCs?
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SyedJanCommented:
The screen saver file is place in windows\system32 folder or if you are not keeping the screen file in windows\system32 folder then give complete path. for example if you a screensaver on your c drive then give the complete path lik c:\\screensaver.scr.

this is then transfered via group policy to the local computers on which group policy  is supposed to apply.
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gogimathewAuthor Commented:
hi Syed,
thanks again.
so the file .scr should be placed anywhere in the server drive and the group policy will push it to the clients, right?
One more thing, is there a standard tool for creating the screen saver file.
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SyedJanCommented:
Yes you are absolutely right. There different software and utilities that you can create your own screen savers with the help of them.

you can use the bellow one as well.

 http://www.screen-saver-maker.com/
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Muza01Commented:
Hi Gogimathew,

In GPO configuration you will need to put right path to the screensaver (it may be server shared  disk, or local folder). GPO will try to find file from that source which you put. GPO will not push file to the clients PC,

To distribute screensaver file to the clients PC you can  user SCCM (or SMS) server or create batch file and use Script (Login/Logoff) section in GPO.

For the instrcution to create and distribute screen saver file file through SCCM (SMS) server please use below link:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc181416.aspx (SMS)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632640.aspx (SCCM)


OR

Create cmd file with following command line:
(Let's image that screensaver "example.scr" locates in server's shared folder "\\Server001\SS\exapmle.scr"

1. Copy \\server001\SS\example.scr C:\windows /y
Note: you can use any folder as destination, but folder should be created before run this batch file. Key "/y" uses to overwrite file if exist.

2. Save batch file (logon.cmd) and use Group Policy Management to add it to Defaul Domain (or you can create new GPO and link to users OU) User Configuration->windows Settings->Scripts (Logon/Logoff)

3. After that you can configure screen saver section and put screen saver file path as in your batch file (in our case C:\Windows).

In result, every time when domain users login to the PC the file example.scr wil be copied into c:\windows folder and screensaver will works fine.

When you will make sure that in all computers new screensaver distributed you can remove Login script form GPO.
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gogimathewAuthor Commented:
Dear Muza,
Thanks for the update.

So that means to run the screen saver the file should be locally copied, Manually or through login script, right?


1. Copy \\server001\SS\example.scr C:\windows /y
Note: you can use any folder as destination, but folder should be created before run this batch file. Key "/y" uses to overwrite file if exist.

In the above step you mentioned folder should be created first in local computers before running the batch file; that means folder should be created locally in each user PC's/Laptop's

2. Save batch file (logon.cmd) and use Group Policy Management to add it to Defaul Domain (or you can create new GPO and link to users OU) User Configuration->windows Settings->Scripts (Logon/Logoff)

In Step 2 : the batch file name should be logon.bat or logon.cmd?


3. After that you can configure screen saver section and put screen saver file path as in your batch file (in our case C:\Windows).

Step:3 should be in domain server,  User Configuration -> Administrative Templates->Control Panel->Display->Screensaver   -- ENABLED, right?

Kindly clarify...
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Muza01Commented:
Gogimathew,

Yes the best way is to have screen saver file in local.

1. Yes, the folder should be created before the copy file (run batch file). If you really want to use another folder you can add md c:\screensaver command to the first line in batch file and it will create folder than copy file. But make sure that new folder is not in Local C drive (It may be deleted by user inadvertently) In our organisation, we use C:\windows folder.

2. Save as *.bat file. Name of file maybe any (which allows by windows OS). We use .bat exstention.

3. Yes it should be Enabled, also if you store the screen saver in C:\Windows folder, in GPO (User Configuration -> Administrative Templates->Control Panel->Display->Screen Saver excutable name option) you can type only file name. More info you can find in attached printscreens.

Regards,

Muza.

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