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How are people doing this where they work/play? I am sick of dealing with registry hacks in the NTUSER.DAT file for the default user and erasing profiles for a guest account that is used for a lot of public kiosks. I push out those changes through AD. These computers are domain-joined, but a lot of politics has prevent the proper solution of a domain account for the kiosk guest user. Does anyone handle this in a particularly clever way?

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If the kiosks are Windows xP and if you can find it I suggest using Steady State, you wont be able to find it on the Microsoft site as it has been discontinued.

The Windows Team blog has a write up on how to replicate most of the funtionality under Windows 7.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/09/27/steady-state-for-windows-7.aspx

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This is why different departments abandoned Pharonics DeepFreeze. Post-deployments became impossible, and reliable methods became unstable. Essentially you have to create arbitrary maintenance windows for simple updates. Easy for servers, not easy for 24 hour students labs. Haha. –  ajstein Mar 8 '11 at 19:46
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Only domain users (and domain computers) can be managed through a Group Policy. I would like to suggest too migrate those local users to domain users.

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"These computers are domain-joined, but a lot of politics has prevent the proper solution of a domain account for the kiosk guest user." Next time, RTFOP. –  ajstein Mar 7 '11 at 14:21
    
An workaround would be to script it with delprof.exe and use that script in a Group Policy startup script. You can target that Group Policy to the domain computer. –  Guido van Brakel Mar 7 '11 at 15:41
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