Windows Desktop Configurations

Desktop Central, the Complete Server and Desktop Management Software, leverages the Windows Active Directory and Group Policy Objects of the Windows 2000/2003 Domains to perform the configuration tasks. With over 20 predefined configurations, administrators can perform almost all the regular desktop management activities with ease. It helps to secure and standardize the Windows desktops across the network. The Web-based user interface allows for applying the configuration to a single or group of desktops using a powerful filtering capability.

Given below are the various desktop configurations that can be accomplished using Desktop Central, in addition to other Desktop Management Features:

Desktop Configurations

Helps administrators to manage the user settings to maintain consistency across the network

Path Configuration

Set search path for various applications to help users easily access the required applications.

Drive Mapping

Map shareable resources as network drives or disconnect old drives for easy resource sharing.

Environment Variables

Set Environment Variables to provide users uniform environment throughout the network.

IP Printer

Configure an IP-based printer available in the windows network.

Display settings

Set wall papers and other display settings to maintain consistent the look and feel across the network.

Launch application

Launch the required application at user logon as per user or organization need.

Shared Printer

Configure shared printer available in the windows network.

File and Folder Operation

Copy, move, rename, and delete files and folders of the users.

Folder redirection

Redirect start menu, my documents, my pictures, recent files and history folders to a centralized location to enable users access these information from anywhere in the network.

Shortcut

Create shortcuts in desktops, quick launch bar, start menu, etc., to enable easy access of important applications.

Message Box

Popup important information and warning messages during the user logon.

Permission Management

Manage File, Folder, and Registry permissions for users.

Computer Configurations

Helps to provide standardized environment for all the users using the computer

Launch application

Launch essential applications at system startup.

Windows installer

Install or uninstall software (MSI format) from remote.

Scheduler

Schedule tasks and applications to run at defined time interval.

User Management

Create/Modify/Delete Local users in the remote computer.

Group Management

Create/Modify/Delete Local Groups in the remote computer.

Power Management

Create/Modify/Delete power schemes in the remote computer.

Windows Services

Manage essential Windows services from remote.

Registry settings

Manipulate registry values and keys of the computer from remote.

Custom Scripts

Execute custom scripts to accomplish organizational specific tasks during system startup or shutdown

Common Folder Redirection

Redirect common shell folders, such as common start menu, common desktop, common programs group etc., to a centralized location to enable users access these information from anywhere in the network.

Message box

Popup important information and warning messages during the system startup.

Application Configurations

Helps administrators in configuring the Microsoft applications across the network

MS Outlook

Configure several Microsoft Outlook settings, such as new mail arrival settings, auto archive settings, message formatting, etc., from a central location.

MS Office

Modify default file locations of Microsoft Office to enable access to the documents irrespective of which machine the user logs on from.

Internet Explorer

Set default home page, search page, proxy settings etc., for a smooth internet experience for users.

Windows Security Configurations

Protect the Windows desktops from unauthorized access and other vulnerabilities

Security Policies

Enable or disable windows security policies under Active Desktop, control panel, MMC, etc., modules to maintain network privacy.

Alerts

Warn users about password expiry and less disk space to enable users to act on them.

Legal notice

Popup messages during system startup to notify users about company policies that are of prime importance.

Firewall

Enable XP Firewall and configure exceptions in Windows XP machines to secure the machine from unauthorized access.

For more details on every Configuration, refer to the respective Configuration topic in the online help.