Setting Group Policy on XP/2000 using Windows2003 Server

I currently have 3000+ users and want to use group policy settings to limit when/what users access and do on the workstation. One item I'm currently having problems with is finding where in the Group Policy I can make sure that all "users" can be denied rights to make any changes to the workstation itself (i.e., desktop background, monitor settings, etc.). I don't know where these specific items are in Group Policy. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

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In AD users and computers select the security group you want to work with, usually a site unit. Open properties > group policy > edit > user configuration > administrative templates > desktop.

This will direct you to the core of what you’re looking for. Familiarize yourself with all the parameters in the tree. There are some that conflict with each other and little readily available documentation that speaks to you. Read each parameter carefully to understand just what it intends to do. Careful testing is highly thought of (i.e. helps prevent angry phone calls).

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  • Snowin
    There are some resources where you can find out things about group policy. I'm currently training a new memeber of staff in this area, and have found the following things to be of some value. 1. Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 at There is a SP1a version around somewhere, but I can't seem to locate it at the moment. 2. The Technet group policy reference page at 3. The group policy management console - read carefully before using - 4. Group policy common scenarios at 5. is also of some value There are also numerous books that may be of use to you, but mostly the explanations of the settings are explained very well. HTH Snowin
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  • Timbol
    Here is a link for an xls file with the most recent verison of all of the GPs that I have. Here is the link to the download at Microsoft TB
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