Remote Desktop t Desktop Layouts

Does anyone know of a way to setup a 'template' Desktop for new users.   So for example I would like to be able to select a Desktop template when I create a new user, one for Doctors, One for Offices Staff, One for admins.

I was looking around at the RDP profiles, but can't see a clear way to do this.

thx,
Steve
yagigainAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerCommented:
Lets take a look at this from a different angle.
A good way to accomplish this would be to use Group Policy. You would create Active DIrectory OUs for each level of staff and place the staff there.

Example of AD:
- Remote Desktop Users
--Doctors
----Senior
------Jane
----Junior
------Mike
------Jim
--Admins
------Mary
--Office Staff
------Rick

Then, Use GPO to customize a desktop for each type of User. Name the GPO for the role (ie/ Office Staff Desktop GPO) and edit the icons and access. Apply the role specific desktop GPO to the  OU for that User type. Since Mike is in the Doctors/Junior OU, he will get the GPO desktop you specify for that role. Rick is in the Office Staff OU so assign the Office Staff Desktop GPO to that OU and he will get that desktop.

Each time you create a User all you will need to do is place the User in the OU and wherever they log in they will get the same Desktop and access as set by the inked GPO.

Just a thought, and is how I do it...
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
yagigainAuthor Commented:
Well I think that might work.  We are setup with AD, so just a matter of organising the users like you have suggested.

Thanks, i will give it  a try.
0
Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerCommented:
It will take a little time to configure all the GPOs so you may want to make a base GPO for the common desktop features all Users will have available on the desktop. Once configured for the common stuff for all, copy it, rename it for the specific desktop type for the role, and edit the rest of the Role specific access. This will cut down on some of your time by not re-creating the Baseline, if that makes sense. Additionally, you can specify access to Shares and Printers with the GPO too, so when a User logs into any Domain machine they will have the printers and drives already populated for them, as well as their necessary desktop template, without IT assistance.

Good luck!
0
yagigainAuthor Commented:
Thanks again, I'm working on it.

Cheers
Steve
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Legacy OS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.