Managed Client - Customize User Experience

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The Managed Client App:

Using Workgroup Manager to effectively set Desktop Picture, screen saver, browser home page, etc.

- Start up Workgroup Manager.
- Click on the Preferences tab.
- To the right, click on the Details tab.
- At the bottom, click the Plus button.

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- Navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices.
- Select ManagedClient.app and click Add.

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Now we can get into the advanced features Workgroup Manager offers.

1. Set the Desktop Picture:

This is most useful in computer labs and other implementations where you want a uniform look.

- From the Detail pane, click Desktop Picture.
- Click the Pen button towards the bottom.
- Click to highlight the Often line.
- Click the New Key button at the top.
- Click the “New Item” key that appeared and choose “Background”

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- Expand all the triangles until you reach the end.
- At the “Image Path” key, type in the exact file path to your preferred desktop image.

2. Controlling iTunes:

With this Workgroup Manager Trick, you can allow iTunes but restrict potential sources of network and liability problems. By managing some of iTunes functions – iTunes Store, Radio, Podcasts and Content Ratings you can customize iTunes to be usable for your environment.

- From the Detail pane, click iTunes.
- Click the Pen button towards the bottom.
- Click to highlight the Always line.
- Click the New Key button at the top.
- Set whichever keys you need for your situation.

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3. Disabling Dashboard:

Dashboard.. How I loathe thee. Well that’s just my opinion, you may find that it’s little resource sucking gizmos, widgets, and doo-dads to be just lovely. But in a managed environment, Dashboard could be a source of unwanted apps, security risks and stability issues. So if you want to altogether shut it off, Workgroup Manager can do that too.

- From the Detail pane, click Dashboard.
- Click the Pen button towards the bottom.
- Click to highlight the Always line.
- Click the New Key button at the top.
- Click the new key and select “Disable Dashboard”.
- Change the value from false to true.

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4. Set Home Page:

Setting a Home Page is a nice touch in labs. Or maybe your homepage is the key to logging in to the computer. Or maybe you’d like to prevent someone from setting a malware infested page, phishing site or otherwise inappropriate website as your lab’s homepage. Workgroup Manager can do this and more:

- From the Detail pane, click Internet Configuration.
- Click the Pen button towards the bottom.
- Click to highlight the Always line.
- Click the New Key button at the top.
- Select and set the appropriate keys.

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