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Windows 7: Help with User Profiles in Windows Server 2008

18 Nov 2014   #21
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ITtechie7783 View Post
@ rvcjew

Any chance at some step by step instructions if you have time? Again, i have a student account for users that is a roaming profile stored server side. The client machines are running window 7. P.S. do i have to use active directory with gpo?(Sorry that was a bit of a dumb question since gpo is connected to active directory.) I am just wondering if you could give me some instructions though. Like how to add a certain user to the policies i create etc.
I'm working on a tutorial video but its going slow as I always forget steps lol so i'm making it as idiot proof as possible, if you already have the organizational unit in place ect. then skip that part, but on the server i'm making it with (my fathers work unit) I don't want to mess with their own setup so i'm remaking users to show my point. If i get time I will make VM of just server 2008 r2 and show it that way.

EDIT: will update a quick way to do it if you just want to make it so they cant move their desktop stuff.


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25 Nov 2014   #22
ITtechie7783

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

OK thanks and ill get a speccy screenshot for you asap. Also heres some screenshots of how i currently have the users setup in active directory on the domain:

As you can see in the first picture, i have all user accounts in active directory in an oranizational unit under the folder name Staff. The account i want to put restrictions on the "Student" account.
Help with User Profiles in Windows Server 2008-gpo1.jpg

In this picture you can see they are a member of the domain chiefpoundmaker.ca/users under domain users. Will it still be easy to create group policy settings for the Student account even though they are already in the "Staff" Organizational Unit?
Help with User Profiles in Windows Server 2008-gpo2.jpg


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26 Nov 2014   #23
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

You should move them into their own unit and not under the staff unit. You should never have staff and students together IMO. If you want to do things Like restrict their wallpaper and set up how their icons should be then you need to make a hidden share with that content on the server so their profile can access it to pull what you set up from the group policy. I was trying to make a tutorial with that server I was talking about but found i cant even attempt it without making shares and I don't want to risk missing theirs up atm. I will when I get a chance make a VM of 2012 (what i have on hand) and show the basic steps to set one up. Are your users accounts storing anything back to the server atm and if so how (are you using the profile directory path in the user properties window)?.
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26 Nov 2014   #24
ITtechie7783

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

yes they have a home folder they can save their stuff to. I did it exactly how windows server 2008 guide suggests. I will get a screenshot of that too. They dont have anything stored yet though. So i am free to gut that account or start fresh if needed. And yes i am doing it via the user properties so each account can store whatever they like on the server

And thanks on the info about creating a separate organizational unit for students. Thats an easy fix. The students havent saved anything etc. so it is not an issue to create a brand new Student account and then just gut or delete the old one in the future if needed.
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09 Dec 2014   #25
ITtechie7783

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Any update? All help is greatly appreciated !
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09 Dec 2014   #26
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Been so busy haven't had time to make a tutorial for this kind of thing( time to setup vm to film it) . Will try to find you some tutorials to try out for yourself when I get time.
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11 Dec 2014   #27
ITtechie7783

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

thanks! yah i tried to look online myself for something specific to my situation to no avail
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26 Jan 2015   #28
ITtechie7783

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Any updates rvcjew or anyone else? I would be very grateful to have your assistance! Thank you
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26 Jan 2015   #29
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

unfortunately I have found that what you want I may not know how to explain very well. That being said this tutorial seems to help a lot in explaining the fundamentals, its for a VDI situation but will work for a normal redirection setup as well. Desktop restrictions with Group Policy Objects Let me know how that goes for you.
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26 Jan 2015   #30
ITtechie7783

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Ok thanks. I guess an easier way of explaining what i am hoping to do is this: is there a way to set up some type of policy that for example; Student logs into a lab computer. He makes a bunch of browser shortcuts all over the desktop. User logs out. The next time user logs in, any changes the user made to desktop are gone( in other words, the desktop always reverts back to the original desktop and forgets any changes the user made from the last session. I have heard of this being a doable thing but im struggling to find a solution. The former IT guy before me seemed to have had success since any alterations made to the desktop seem to revert back as soon as the user logs out and back in. Just trying to figure out how he did it.... See, i do want there to be changes allowed on the desktop, for example, a student wants to install a new program and asks me if i can install it. So i install it, put in my admin pass when asked, and boom new icon is created on desktop etc. What i dont want user to be able to do is create shortcuts of any kind on desktop or at least if they try it asks for admin pass. Currently if the user is lets say on firefox. They are on a website and bookmark the page and drag the url link to the desktop. The link stays on desktop and over time creates a massive pile of icon links etc all over the desktop. Currently if the user tries to install a new program they are asked for admin pass so they cant and thats great and what i want. However they do have access to create any shortcuts etc. on the desktop which is a giant mess.

I keep hearing about this user.dat file that can be changed to user.man, that supposedly solves this issue. But within the domain, no matter where i search (with hidden files set to not be hidden of course) i cannot find this file. I have searched on the physical server student profile path for this file and on the client machines and cannot seem to find this user.dat file. just trying to see what i am missing here

If you have a chance rvcjew feel free to also ask some people you may know about my issue as well since im desperate and i assume you probably know a lot more IT techie guys than me since you seem to be very active on these forums. I will be truly indebted to you for any additional help you can give and if you need me to go more indepth to explain my exact issue, i am happy to give a step by step list of my issue and where i am encountering problems. Thanks!!!
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