Setting Up a Default Tile Arrangement on a Windows 8.1 Enterprise Laptop through a Domain controller

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I am trying to setup a default tile arrangement on a Windows 8.1 Enterprise laptop start menu that will apply to all users that login.  The user accounts are Domain accounts that will login to this machine.  Is the best way to do this through GPMC on a Windows server?  I am deploying this laptop on a Window 2008 domain.  I have tried exporting and importing of the appsFolderLayout.bin with no success running it through Powershell on the local machine.  If this could be done through a Windows 2008 domain controller, what are the steps?
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Please describe your goal more detailed. Would you like to enforce a layout so that it cannot be changed by the users? That would be easy. Or would you like to suggest a layout to start with but that can be changed? That's harder.

First read https://deploymentpros.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/management-and-customization-of-the-windows-8-1-start-screen/ then answer.

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A layout that cannot be changed by the users.  As this computer has Domain membership, would it be best to do an AD GPO?
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Sure.
Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Task bar / Start Screen Layout
 is the policy you will use. It is described in the page I linked before and is easily accomplished.
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Locking down the start screen via GPO looks like what I want to do, but I appear to be having problems obtaining an XML file that contains my settings to take affect when setting this up through the local machine's gpedit.msc.  I would also like to be able to have start menu tiles that contain web shortcut urls that show up for every Domain user.   Part 3 I don't understand in this scenario.   I just want to have the default tile settings changed on one machine and then clone it to other machines.  How do I install ConfigMgr on just this Windows 8.1 machine?
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Customize your startscreen, then run
Export-StartLayout –As XML –Path .\MyLayout.xml
on that reference machine and then deploy that xml using the aforementioned GPO. Nothing else.

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Will this export include any desktop tile shortcuts to web pages?  I will work with this more and see.  Thanks.
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It will.

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