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Windows 7 - lock down local computer to RDP only

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I have a Windows 2003 domain with 2008 RDS servers and Windows 7 clients. What alternatives are there so that the Windows 7 workstations only allow users to run the TS client - in other words prevent users from getting access to the local system?
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by:footech
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Try setting Group Policy under Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Polices | User Rights Assignment.  Set "Deny log on locally" to Domain Users, and "Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services" to Domain Users.  You could change the groups to suit your needs.  Note that if you set "Deny log on locally" to Domain Users, this will apply to Domain Admins as well, and this setting has priority over "Allow log on locally".  Local users should still be able to log on though.
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Thanks for this. However as far as your note about local users, there should be none -  I don't want anybody logging onto the PC to have access to the local system whether they are Domain Users or not. What should happen is that anybody other than the Domain Admin/local admin who  turns the computer on will only see an RDP client icon and that's all they will be able to access on the system.
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OK, scratch my last post.  I think I misunderstood your requirements.

What you're looking for is similar to how a RDS is locked down for users that access it remotely.  I'm not quite sure about the best way to approach this when talking about desktops.  Maybe using remote mandatory profiles but there might be too many hurdles to overcome depending on how many exceptions there are for when you want it to be used/applied.  The other way is through the use of a customized default profile that you will need to create on all the Win7 desktops through the use of sysprep (which you can configure to copy the Administrator's profile to be the default).

In either case you will then need to use Group Policy to lock down the workstations (I can't tell you all of the settings) to remove access to drives, deny access to context menus on the desktop and taskbar, remove elements from the start menu, etc.  I think you would have to use loopback policy processing to apply many of these user GP settings only on specific machines (i.e. the desktops), so that they don't apply to your RD sessions.  Sounds similar to a thin client scenario, but I've never used these, so I can't say how these are set up.
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Thanks for the additional inpu. I  wouldn't mind some more detailed information from someone who has tried this so I will close this question and post again.
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Thanks for the points.  Keep in mind that if you need additional input you can also use the Request Attention button.

Best of luck.
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