Wallpaper distribution problem

Posted: 01-19-2009, 02:30 PM
Environment: Schools with Windows XP PCs, Server 2003 AD and GPO

Problem: Distributing common desktop to all computers

Have tried:
- GPO. Does not include all settings I need. If we use Active Desktop
settings, wallpaper is distributed, but shortcuts on the desktop looses
transparent view with shadows...
- Mandatory profile. Works fine except for desktop wallpaper. It will not
show up if the user is not administrator on local machine. We don't want
pupils til be local administrators, so they won't get any wallpaper...

Anyone having a better idea?

:-)
eva

Wallpaper distribution problem


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RE: Wallpaper distribution problem
Posted: 02-02-2009, 08:44 PM

Hit similar problem before.

My solution was to launch an AutoIt executable from the logon script. This
then relaunched itself (recursively) as Administrator using RunAsSet() and
terminated. The relaunched process then copied a bitmap appropriate to the
screen resolution, and duly poked-around in the registry to make it the
current desktop. I suggest using an RLE-encoded bitmap as this doesn't
require the Active Desktop, and loads much faster than a JPG.

http://autoitscript.com

You could probably also use VBScript.

"Eva" wrote:
> Environment: Schools with Windows XP PCs, Server 2003 AD and GPO
>
> Problem: Distributing common desktop to all computers
>
> Have tried:
> - GPO. Does not include all settings I need. If we use Active Desktop
> settings, wallpaper is distributed, but shortcuts on the desktop looses
> transparent view with shadows...
> - Mandatory profile. Works fine except for desktop wallpaper. It will not
> show up if the user is not administrator on local machine. We don't want
> pupils til be local administrators, so they won't get any wallpaper...
>
> Anyone having a better idea?
>
> :-)
> eva
 
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