There are several options for these and each option has pro's and con's. This post will describe what desktop settings are, the options available as well as the pro's and con's of each and I'll finish with a conclusion on what I think is the best option is.
Desktop Settings are typically Windows Shell settings most of which directly impact the look and feel of the users desktop. Most often customers are more worried about applications and getting application Personalization right assuming the desktop will sort itself out but then will be haunted by that decision because the very first thing a user notices before they've even launched Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes or Internet Explorer is that their wallpaper of their family pet or the children is missing and that their Windows taskbar has reset itself to the default icons. For this reason is it really important to spend some time and effort thinking about desktop settings before you start worrying about applications.
As I described in the introduction there are several options for managing Desktop Settings, including but not limited to:
- Using the Desktop Settings menu within Personalization Server
- Using Registry Hiving and Folder Copy actions within Environment Manager Policy
- Using a standalone tool - EMP_P2V
- A hybrid approach