Desktop Authority

Generic Desktop deployment

I am wondering if it is possible to created a generic desktop that can be deployed every time an end user either reboots or logs in into the PC. 

If it is possible please post instruction or videos of the creation of this task. 

We have appx 300 desktops that need to be taken control of from "Smart" end users.


Thanks in advance for the help

jisherwood (Jeff)

  • Wow, what a poor system. I wrote an entire reply, hit "reply" and then it asked me to log in and lost the whole thing....sigh. Well here goes again.

    We have had good success with using the Folder Redirection in the user profiles, and redirecting the desktop itself to a shared location. The location is read-only for people so they can't mess with it. Note that is only the "what icons are on the desktop" though.

    You can do the same thing with the program menu but it isn't reliable, we get weird duplicates and nested menus sometimes, so since we are moving to win10 we are investigating pushing the xml config file for the menus instead.

    that doesn't really do all of the desktop look&feel but you can push background and default webpage easily so that gets you most of the way there.

    Note that we redirect our homepage (via the user object in AD) to be on a central server, and redirect the "my documents" to be there as well. It allows people to log in anywhere and get the exact same look as anywhere else.

    I hope that helps!
  • Hi Butlerm,

    I’m one of the Quest Support Managers and appreciate your feedback on the system, when you were prompted to login and lost your input. Resolving this is on the Operations team agenda and we have submitted an internal ticket to raise the priority. At this time we don’t have an ETA, but thank you for your patience while we address this issue.