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User icons on desktop

By Technomancer ·
I have four groups of users that I have in my Active Directory and I would like them to have different icons on each of their desktops. I would like group one to have the fewest icons and the other three to build onto that one, but not show the icons of the other groups to each other. The software will be installed on the machine so that I don't have to do an install on logon per user and they can access the programs from the Start/Programs folder if they need it, but I would like it as easy as possble for them. Is this possible and if so, how?

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by 3xp3rt In reply to User icons on desktop

Go to Documents and Settings and copy the desired icons to folder "USER\Desktop". After this go to folder "All users\Desktop" and delete the undesired icons"

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by Technomancer In reply to User icons on desktop

I guess I should add that I want to do this across a campus wide network and not have to do this on each machine individually (137 machines).

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by sgt_shultz In reply to User icons on desktop

i think you want either group policy or default user profiles. or maybe a login script. all will be revealed at support.microsoft.com

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by Technomancer In reply to

All may be revealed on the internet, the problem is seperating the wheat from the chaff.

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by R. A. Caluste In reply to User icons on desktop

Easiest way is to create a Roaming profile. The Roaming Profiles will be loaded from the Server (this includes the Desktop and all the icons in it) and will be saved in the server. If you want to customize each profile, you just have you update the profiles stored in the server.

For more info, please refer to this site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302082&sd=tech

Hope this helps.

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by Technomancer In reply to

Sorry, having 60 to 80 users logging on at the same time would choke the server sending out that many user profiles at the same time. I do have about 20 that have roaming profiles and when they all logon at the same time (rare since some only are here at night) it slows the entire network down to a crawl.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to User icons on desktop

Have the icons stored on a shared folder on a server and have a shortcut copied to the user's desktop when the user logins in depending on which group they belong to.
This way the shortcuts can be managed centrally from the server and updated and users will get the shortcuts they have rights to when they login wherever they are.

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