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Setting Default Wallpaper

Using Windows Server 2008 and the clients all on Windows 7 Pro - I am trying to use Group Policy to control the desktop of all the clients in the Student OU? We would like to use the school logo as the desktop background and I tried using Method #1 from this link -

The server name is hcsserver, the network share is Profiles and the file is HCSLogo.jpg

My UNC path is \\hcsserver\Profiles\HCSLogo.jpg

The Group policy is called Desktop Wallpaper and is lionked to the student OU. When a student logs what they get is a black background.

Have I missed a step somewhere?

Please advise!

Thank you!

Robert Ehinger
Robert Ehinger
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Krzysztof PytkoActive Directory EngineerCommented:
Please verify if Domain Users have at least Read&Execute permission on that shared folder where wallpaper is stored.

That might be an issue

have you checked the group policy object security filter it should be applied to the authenticated users as this is a user based policy

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop > and the ou will just contain the computer.

all the users should have list and read permission on the UNC path of the jpg file.

also try running RSOP or GPresult or GPMC wizard to check if the policy is getting applied or not.

Also did you apply the hot fix.

TIP #1: If you are running Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 pre-Service Pack 1 you will need to install hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977944 for this setting to work.
Robert EhingerIT specialistAuthor Commented:
Yes Domain Users do have the necessary rights.

Did not know about hotfix. I will apply it.

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