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April 1, 2005 4:31:02 PM

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I have a Server 2003 Server, XP Pro Workstations, Trying to setup a secure
desktop for each user no matter which station they sign onto. I only want
them to do the Icon's that I setup for them. I don't want to give them any
way to change anything. Basically lock down the workstation. Does anyone
have a place I can get like a checklist of things and permissions to put into
practice.
Anonymous
April 2, 2005 12:47:18 AM

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"William" <William@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> I have a Server 2003 Server, XP Pro Workstations, Trying to setup a
secure
> desktop for each user no matter which station they sign onto. I only want
> them to do the Icon's that I setup for them. I don't want to give them
any
> way to change anything. Basically lock down the workstation. Does anyone
> have a place I can get like a checklist of things and permissions to put
into
> practice.

I do this kind of work for a living and have successfully set up
multi-office networks of twenty-five to fifty people. It's pretty easy
actually, and these networks have stayed up for two years so far, without a
virus or spyware outbreak in that time.

Because I get paid to do this I'm not going to spout off a cookbook to a
newsgroup. But you can start from here:

http://www.pan-am.ca/antiwindowscatalog/?mode=rant&id=7

....and then see about using this technique in a Windows Domain environment.
Think about including Roving Profiles and you'll be on your way.

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Anonymous
April 2, 2005 6:54:17 PM

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If you haven't done so already, post this question to one of the
server newsgroups. The Windows XP part of your question is easy,
it's the server part that's tricky.

Here's a condensed version of what you have to do:

1. Create a custom user profile. Here are a few articles that you
might want to take a look at:

How to create a custom default user profile
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=319974

Customize the Default User Profile in Windows XP
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/customprofile.htm

2. Set up mandatory user profiles on your server. Take a look
here for more info:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307800

Mandatory profiles are by definition roaming profiles. You can
read some recommendations for working with roaming profiles here:

http://tinyurl.com/6225w

If you do nothing else with respect to roaming profiles, redirect
the My Documents folder to reduce logon time.

Good luck

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Nepatsfan
"William" <William@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C7BBDA20-C04E-453A-B2ED-31DA0DDD3A0E@microsoft.com...
>I have a Server 2003 Server, XP Pro Workstations, Trying to
>setup a secure
> desktop for each user no matter which station they sign onto.
> I only want
> them to do the Icon's that I setup for them. I don't want to
> give them any
> way to change anything. Basically lock down the workstation.
> Does anyone
> have a place I can get like a checklist of things and
> permissions to put into
> practice.
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