prevent users saving to desktop

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by outlook novice, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. We have a new win server 2008. About 30 odd users in the domain. We would
    like to prevent users saving to desktop and force them to save to their
    network drive only. They have roaming profiles. We have tried to select the
    deny write option on a users desktop folder in their profile but to no avail.
    We have also tried a group policy to deny all users access to desktop but
    they can still still save and we get a message when they log off that their
    files can't be saved.

    Is it possible to maybe prevent the desktop being an option when saving
    items to the desktop or introduce an access denied message displayed to the
    outlook novice, Sep 16, 2009
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    DaveMills Guest

    Try "folder redirection" to place the desktop in the users home folder. Then
    when they save to the desktop it will be in the home folder. With roaming
    profiles all the folders in the profile should be redirected to avoid the issue
    of having a very large profile.
    DaveMills, Sep 17, 2009
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  3. we have tried folder redirection and found that the items saved on desktop
    appears both on the desktop and on their shared drive. Is there any other way
    to prevent this?

    Tried through group policy also using Computer Configuration / Windows
    Settings / Security Settings / File System. Then add 2 files,


    outlook novice, Sep 17, 2009
  4. Actually i have managed to prevent users saving to desktop using your initial
    idea of folder re-direction and have hidden a file it it being re-directed
    to. For example when a user tries to save in word, they receive an error
    message "access denied, contact an administrator". It is possible to change
    this warning to say all files must be saved to your own home drive?
    outlook novice, Sep 17, 2009
  5. Changing the error message would be very involved I would imagine. However,
    to your point about where "folder redirection" writes the files to... when
    folders are redirected the variable (%UserProfile% for instance) points to
    the newly redirected location. So that what you see on the desktop when you
    log in comes from the redirected place, and not the local hard drive. To see
    what's actually local, use the full path - c:\documents and
    settings\username - not the variable.

    When your users save a Word doc and they receive the error message stated
    below, look to see where exactly (what full path) are the saving to. Sounds
    like some permissions might have been changed in the process here. Are any
    of the policies still in place that you tried in the process? This could be
    the problem here as well, specifically the one referencing
    %allusersprofile%. Users only have read access to this folder.
    Administrators will have write access to it.

    Brooke Justice, Sep 17, 2009
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    DaveMills Guest

    And why is this a problem. The user saves to their desktop and the files is
    saved in the home folder. The user save to the home folder and it appears on the
    desktop. One location on the server but two ways of accessing it. Not to
    DaveMills, Sep 17, 2009
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