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Where in the registry to enter a key that remote desktop users will "inherit" when they sign on.  2008R2

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I need to know which section of a 2008R2 Remote Desktop Server to enter a key that I want users to inherit when they initially sign on to the Remote Desktop Server.

I have some Adobe Acrobat Pro settings I want to default for each user that signs on the Terminal Servers.
where do I enter them?  HKCU, HKLM, HKU, HKCC?
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by:Joshua Grantom
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HKEY_USERS or you can modify the default profile.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc780839(v=ws.10).aspx

If you go the default profile route, you will need to remove everyones current profile for the new profile to roll out.
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by:BFanguy
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Thanks, is this the same for 2008R2  (article is for 2003R2)?

If i use this method, what about all the "user" settings that get created for my template?

Example:  for adobe, I see where it puts in the username for "tAuthor".  so if i sign on as admin and create this Domain\Default User from admin, then when the first user signs on, does their tAuthor setting get copied as Admin or as their username?
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by:BFanguy
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I guess i am only looking to enter a few registry entries somewhere that each remote desktop user gets when the log on.

If i run a bat file when they log in with the desired registry entries, it looks like it puts it in HKCU, but i need it to go to their HK_Users\SID location.
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It may copy, but I wouldnt use the Admin account, I would setup a new local profile to use as template. I wouldnt open Adobe, I would just set the required settings by using the registry. Then they would still get the prompt for Author.
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What Entry are you trying to set?
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by:BFanguy
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These are the registry entries i would like set, but i need them set at HKey_users\<the user sid> instead of HKCU

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\11.0\AVAlert]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\11.0\AVAlert\cCheckbox]
"iSendMailDefaultAccountAlert"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\11.0\Sendmail]
"bDefaultSet"=dword:00000001
"tLastUsedMail"="MailInstalledClient"
"bUseWebmail"=dword:00000000
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by:BFanguy
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If I make the user an administrator and double click the reg entries above, it puts them in the right place, but if i run them in a bat file at login it puts them in hkcu
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by:BFanguy
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and i don't want them to be administrators on the remote desktop servers!
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by:BFanguy
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I found my problem.  my bat file had a typo, so the hkcu setting was not getting written at all.

if you write to hkcu, it is just a pointer to the hkey_user/<current user sid>, so it's just like writing directly to it.

thank you for you help
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by:BFanguy
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i can't award you points, because you suggested solution does not work for 2008r2.

sorry.
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Modifying the default profile does work for Server 2008 R2 and any other operating system from Server 2003/XP onward. However, it wasnt the solution you used so just request to delete the question.
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by:BFanguy
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sorry,  I tried coping to domain/default user and it gave me an error message.

i started researching and found this article:
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles-tutorials/windows-7/Customizing-Default-User-Profile-Windows-7-Part1.html
"Unfortunately, the method used for customizing the default user profile in previous versions of Windows—customizing the Administrator account and then copying the Administrator user profile over the Default User profile—doesn't work anymore in Windows 7."

Is this information incorrect?
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You can still modify the default profile, you just dont use the default local administrator account.

They are just pushing using sysprep and automation.

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/63661-creating-a-new-default-profile-for-windows-7-and-8
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thanks.
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