Recycled Bin & Active Desktop Wallpaper

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Sanity1977, May 26, 2006.

  1. Sanity1977

    Sanity1977 Guest

    I've just spent about an hour and a half trying to understand why the policy
    settings I have set were not allowing an Active Desktop Wallpaper to display.
    Here's what I did. Note: This is all for testing purposes only.

    I changed the "Default Domain Policy" to "Enable - Remove Recycle Bin icon
    from desktop". This worked fine on it's own. I then created a new policy on
    my custom OU (Accounting) called "Set Accounting Wallpaper". In this policy I
    "Enabled - Active Desktop Wallpaper" and specified a UNC path called
    "\\server1\wallpaper\home.jpg" this path is correct and has full permissions
    etc. everything there is good. When I logged on as one of the accounting
    users the Recycle Bin is gone but the wallpaper would not display, just a
    blue screen.

    Ok ... I did a lot of research in this hour and a half trying to find out
    what the hell was going on and everyone is saying that Active Desktop needs
    to be enabled as well. I had set this allready but it still wouldn't work. I
    checked through all sorts of things that would have an affect on the
    wallpaper policy but I had only changed these two policies. As soon as I
    changed the "Default Domain Policy" back to "Not Configured - Remove Recycle
    Bin icon from desktop" the wallpaper works just how I would expect it to.

    Why is this? I haven't put any service packs onto Win Server 2003 yet but I
    do have service pack 2 on the WinXP machine that the users are logging on
    with. Is it a known issue? I have since seen one or two posts mentioning this
    problem when trying to hide all desktop icons. I noticed in some of the
    descriptions of what each policy does that they mention when something will
    affect another policy for example the "Active Desktop Wallpaper" but theirs
    nothing on the Recycle Bin description.

    Has anyone ever developed a small application or database with a listing of
    things that group policy can do and when one policy will affect another or am
    I being lazy and it's all provided for us allready. I'm using GPMC service
    pack 1 when changing policies by the way if that has anything to do with why
    this has happened.

    Thanks in advance guys smile.gif And I hope the above helps other people too.
     
    Sanity1977, May 26, 2006
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