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Posted on 2014-09-11
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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
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Michael Machie earned 500 total points
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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...
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by:yagigain
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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.
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by:Michael Machie
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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!
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Thanks again, I'm working on it.

Cheers
Steve
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