I understand where your are coming from we have similar complaints from some faculty and staff (never students, because they aren't allowed to do much) about rights to computers. In the end it's just a matter of weighing the issues caused by restricting access vs. allowing full access.
As for issue with your dual-head display, we have several setups scattered throughout the college that use multiple displays. Some employ dual head video cards operating in "clone" mode and in others we just use cheap VGA splitters to run two displays off one VGA connection. The latter solution works fine as long as you aren't trying to split very high-resolution feed, in which case you'd need to use a powered splitter. We really haven't had any problems with setups in either form.
College of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University
>>> On 4/23/2008 at 2:57 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Wednesday 23 April 2008 14:51:38 Steve Bogdanski wrote:
>> Well an easy first step would be to limit the amount of damage people can
>> do by restricting their access to system settings and such. That can be
>> done by only allowing them to use a "User" or "Limited User" account and
>> then by further restricting group policies (either local or AD).
> Last time I tried that I got crabbed at by some students, who wanted
> to do something, which I'd would up preventing. I suppose I need to
> do this again.
> For those with dual-head video cards, have you been able to keep
> them in "both" mode, such that they default to the local monitor
> and screen? As I think on this more, I'm wondering how much of
> this has been a longer term hardware problem.
> --STeve Andre'