[gptalk] Re: GPO : Prevent saving to Desktop

  • From: "Steve Rochford" <Steve.Rochford@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 18:39:02 -0000

Redirecting the desktop won't create large amounts of traffic (and will
remove the problems you're currently seeing with slow logon/off) so I
would just do that rather than trying to prevent people saving to the


I work in a college where we use mandatory profiles for students. We
used to hide all items on the desktop to try and prevent people
accidentally saving there. They still managed to do it and then lost
files when they logged off.


Redirecting desktop has made life much simpler - it's redirected to a
folder on their homeshare so it's included in their normal quota. 




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Sent: 03 February 2008 03:52
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Subject: [gptalk] GPO : Prevent saving to Desktop


I have a user base, using roaming profiles. I have not redirected their
Desktop (only My Documents).... They tend to save big files onto their
desktop inevitably resulting in slow log in times. 
An option is to redirect this, however I'd like to just stop them from
being able to save to the desktop. Is this possible via a GPO?
If I do end up redirecting the Desktop folder, how does this work, in
terms refreshing their desktop? I can understand redirecting My
Documents etc etc, maybe works the same way a mapped drive does
everytime you access the folder, it just links you the network share
where its stored. But in terms of redirecting the desktop does this mean
the desktop wil constantly refresh and will generate alot of network
traffic, i cant seem to get my head around the basics of this... The
only way I can see this working is too send out an email asking everyone
to politely within a month move everything on the desktop to their My
Documents and then I'd somehow like to prevent them from saving to their
Also, while i've already started asking so many questions, is there a
way to search these lists? for learning on previously asked questions
before I joined?
Any help, as usual, much appreciated. Nice one


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