Unity Lab Environment Settings

Most of the Unity Lab Environment settings are applied via a series of group policies whose names begin with “OIT-Unity-“.  For each of these policies, the table below shows any applicable filters and a description of the actions taken by that policy.  This information is current as of August 16, 2011.

“OIT-Unity-” group policies
Group Policy Name Filters Description
OIT-Unity-Allow Removeable Media Driver Install
  • Enables the installation of drivers for removable media such as USB key drives
OIT-Unity-Desktop Settings
  • Places icons on the desktop for My Documents (XP Only), My Computer, IE, NCSU WebMail, NCSU GMail (new), and Logoff 
  • Copies Poweroff.exe to the Program Files folder
  • Turns off the Desktop Cleanup Wizard
  • Removes Windows Media Player Icon from the Desktop
OIT-Unity-Disable Offline Files
  • Disables Offline Files
OIT-Unity-Enable WOLFPRINT Printing
  • Allows printing to non-domain print servers
  • Allows automatic installation of print drivers from the print server to occur
OIT-Unity-Firefox Settings Computers with Firefox
  • Enables the Desktop Icon for Firefox
OIT-Unity-IE Settings
  • Sets default IE Home page to http://www.ncsu.edu
  • Disables first run prompt for customization settings and takes user to Home page
  • Disables IE checking periodically for updates
OIT-Unity-Lock Desktop
  • Creates a local desktop folder that is not writable by users
  • Redirects the user’s desktop to that folder
  • Effectively blocks the user from being able to save to the desktop
OIT-Unity-MapKFromStartMenu
  • Adds a shortcut to the start menu to allow users to map their K: drive if for some reason it failed at login
  • This does not fix any issues a user may have had with getting AFS tokens at login
OIT-Unity-Office 2007 Trusted Locations
  • Adds “C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12STARTUP” to the Office 2007 Trust Center list of Trusted Locations
OIT-Unity-Rename MyComputer
  • Renames My Computer to the computer name
  • Appears to only work with Windows XP
OIT-Unity-Turn Off System Restore
  • Turns off System Restore
OIT-Unity-Wait for Network at Startup and Login
  • Makes the computer wait for the network to be fully initialized at startup and login before continuing with other group policy processing or the login process
OIT-Unity-Windows Search Settings
  • Disables indexing of network volumes, like AFS
OIT-Unity-Win7-Redirect Documents Win 7 Only
  • Redirects My Documents to K: for Unity Users
  • Redirects My Music, My Videos, My Photos, and Favorites to a folder within K:
OIT-Unity-Win7-WolfPrint-BlackAndWhite Printer-Set Default Win 7 Only
  • Adds the WolfPrint-BlackAndWhite printer for WolfPrint FollowMe Printing support
  • Sets it as the default printer with an item in the startup folder
OIT-Unity-Win7-WolfPrint-BlackAndWhite Printer Win 7 Only
OIT-Unity-Win7-WolfPrint-Color Printer-Set Default Win 7 Only
OIT-Unity-Vista7-Logoff Default in Start Menu Win 7 and Vista Only
  • Sets the default Start Menu shutdown option to Logoff
OIT-Unity-XP-Hide Outlook Express Win XP Only
  • Hides Outlook Express
OIT-Unity-XP-Redirect My Documents Win XP Only
  • Redirects My Documents to K: for Unity Users
  • Redirects My Music, My Videos, My Photos, and Favorites to a folder within K:

Additional Settings

The following items may need to be added in a specific department or lab:

  • Printers
  • Primary DNS Suffix
  • DNS Suffix Search Order – Needs to include oit.ncsu.edu for WOLFPRINT to work