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9. February 2007 at 20:53 #271AnonymousMember
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First let me just say thank you for making this site. I have been scouring the internet to try to find any info on xp embedded thin clients and hadn’t really turned up anything useful until I found a link to this site in a forum.
My question is this:
What is the best way to get a user (and let them keep) their desktop when their workstation (wyse s90) has that Enhanced Write filter? I’m just having a hard time figuring out how to set up the thin client so that a user doesn’t have to recreate shortcuts to shared folders, etc. everytime they shut down. I’m aware of both roaming profiles and and RDPing to a desktop server as options but both seem to negate the advantages of having a full OS like xp embedded local to the thin client.
Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated.10. February 2007 at 3:16 #9020
Thanks for your support, its the first time I have ever run a web site and the positive works from folks like yourself really make the commitment worth it!.
There have been quite a few questions and post in this forum on this subject. If you read through you will see that I am not a huge fan of joining XPe terminals to the domain as it takes a lot of planning and that what we are trying to lose client side when going thin.
The have a user save preferences without domain member ship you could use the Flex Profile kit to save the shortcuts even with the enhanced write filter. If you do join the domain don’t use roaming profiles, stick with flex. Also Doug Brown has a great util that allows password changes for PNagent on non domain members, this is work testing.
Here are some links:
Doug Browns Utils:
I hope this helps, post back with your solution and experience so we can share it as its a popular topic,
-TT28. February 2007 at 20:13 #9131
Thanks so much for the reply. I have been using the suggestions in your post and I believe I’m on the verge of a solution. I was able to create an unprotected drive on the s90 by following the directions in the white paper and that has opened up a lot of options. At this point I want to redirect user’s desktop folders to the unprotected partition so that shortcuts do not have to be created each time the user logs in.
The problem now is how to do that. I went into gpedit.msc knowing that Folder Redirection can be done from there on regular XP, but it seems like group policy in XPe does not have all the options. What is the best way to do this? Registry edit? Script in the default profile? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.28. February 2007 at 21:06 #9132
I was able to redirect the desktop folder through the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Folders. I redirected the desktop folder to D:%USERNAME%Desktop and it seems to be working fine. Hopefully it will continue to work correctly when I join the thin client to the domain.
Update: It didn’t redirect after I joined it to the domain and signed in with a domain username. The battle continues . . .28. February 2007 at 22:39 #9136
Correct, when you sign on with a Domain Account a new user profile is created and a new set of user registry keys.
As suggested earlier disable domain profiles and copy all your setting to the Default User profile on the terminal and this will be the base for all users who log in.
There are other ways to get the settings in, log in script, FLEX profile kit etc..
Its all good Windows stuff to learn however so press on!19. March 2007 at 20:01 #9287
I went back and reimaged the thin client, and after creating the unprotected partition and joining the domain I signed in with my domain login first and redirected the registry key. The key I mentioned earlier is not the right key, it is actually the Desktop key in User Shell Folders, not Shell Folders, that needs to be redirected to the unprotected partition.
I then copied that profile to the default users profile, which now creates a profile folder with just the desktop folder in it on the unprotected drive for any new user that logs in to that machine.
Everything seems to be working fine, this machine is getting real world testing and has had only positive feedback so far. The only trouble I’m having now involves imaging with Wyse Simple Imager. After I got all the settings the way I wanted them I pulled an image from the machine. When that image was applied to the same machine, it created the unprotected drive perfectly. I have applied the image to another S90 and it took every other setting but did not create the drive. Does anyone know if I will have to go through this whole setup process everytime or did I just do the imaging wrong?
Once again, thanks for all the help.19. March 2007 at 20:17 #9289
Thanks for the update Luke…
You should modify the desktop location in both the “Shell Folders” and “User Shell Folders” section of the registry to avoid issues. One users expanding string variables so you can enter things like %userprofile% but you can also just enter a fixed path like z:
If you have a look at the creating partitions doc on this site there are instructions on altering Rapport/WSI so that when you pull the image you capture the extra drive. By default WSI will not pull the drive d: – you will need to edit the pull.i2c file and then pull the image again,
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