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    Make changes to default profile

    Hi there.

    I'm running server 2008 in virtualization, and for spinning up new servers, as and when needed, I would like the system to already have desktop items setup and so forth.

    What I'd like to do is create a template server, with drivers and software installed, and then run sysprep oobe. However when I do the sysprep, and copy the drive, the startup system creates a new blank administrator profile, after entering the new server's password into place. Is there any way I can change the default profile so the notes, shortcuts etc are on it?

    I've read lots of stuff about automated install kit and windows images - I don't want to use windows images, however - I want to be able to shutdown, copy the disk and launch that.

    Anyone got any idiot proof ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Items on the Desktop are just files in a folder. Paste them into the "All users" Desktop and they will always be there for everyone.

    cheers, Paul

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    Hi Paul,

    I didn't think of this option, thinking that sysprep makes it delete all the profiles. I tested it, however - and somewhat to my surprise, it works like a charm. I'm not able to set the desktop background or anything like that, but leaving files on the desktop for the new system to be able to use from the get-go works perfectly.

    Thanks!

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