TS registry for clients



We have a Win2K Terminal Server(TS).
Does Win2k have only one Registry for all users or does it
have sections that apply to all users and sections that
apply to users when Login occurs?

Is the current user section of the registry the same for
all users or is it set a login?

When a change is made to current user, does that change
cascade to all users?

Tahnks in advance...George
216/362-1330 x100




Thanks for that explanation.
-----Original Message-----
There is only one registry, with different areas for different purposes.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE contains server-wide settings, that apply to all users
of the server.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER contains your settings when you are logged on. They are
saved into HKEY_USERS/{your_SID} when you logoff. They do *not* influence
other users.

When you install an application on a Terminal Server, you must do so while
the server is in "install mode". What happens then is that the system
monitors all changes that are made to the registry, and puts a copy of
those changes into the "shadow area", i.e. in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software
\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Terminal Server\Install\Software

When the users log into the TS, they get a personal copy of the settings in
the shadow area. From then on, each user has his or her own registry subkey
in the HKEY_USERS area.

I would strongly suggest that you don't start modifying the registry if you
want to change a setting for all users. Group Policies are the way to go
here (defining a GPO is of course also a way of modifying the registry, but
the user interface makes it much more unlikely that you make an
unrecoverable mistake).

For more reading:

256986 - Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

Windows 2000 Technical Reference to the Registry

260370 - How to Apply Group Policy Objects to Terminal Services Servers

Vera Noest
MCSE,CCEA, Microsoft MVP - Terminal Server
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