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    Global Favourites list

    We run a mandatory profile on our new network, which I've edited to re-direct the favourites folder to the students 'my documents' area. I want to add some global favourites like a link to the webmail service, learning platform etc. but I can't get it to work.

    I add them in the right area of Group Policy, but they just fail to appear on the favourites, presumably because I've re-directed it to a different folder. Anyone got any ideas what I could do to get this working? It works for staff who use Roaming profiles, just not on our students mandatory profile.

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    Have you checked in GPMC whether there are any policies overriding the assignment of the favourites?

    if they're using a mandatory profile, can you dump them in the mandatory profiles Favourites folder?

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    you could write a script that sees if they exist in userarea:\favourites and if not copys them at logon
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    if not exist u:\favourites\webmail.url copy \\server\share\favourites\wembail.url u:\favourites\webmail.url

    or similar

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    We use mandatory profiles for our student accounts and I've edited the ntuser.man so that 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ex plorer\Shell Folders' and 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ex plorer\User Shell Folders' are pointing at \\server\favourites$

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    Quote Originally Posted by mortstar View Post
    We use mandatory profiles for our student accounts and I've edited the ntuser.man so that 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ex plorer\Shell Folders' and 'HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ex plorer\User Shell Folders' are pointing at \\server\favourites$
    That's what I've done, but directed it to the users home area as we want the students to have the ability to have their own favourites list, but I also want the ability to add global ones to the list and preferably pin them at the top of the list. GPO has a way to do this, but it doesn't seem to work with mandatory profiles.

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    I had thought of using a script, but we already have a lot of scripts running on our domain, I was trying to avoid adding even more to the mix if possible.

    Mike.

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    you can add them via user group policy as well im just not sure if/how well it works with mandatory as i just shove a folder in the start menu called internet and dump my shortcuts there

    user config\internet explorer maintenance\urls\favourites and links

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    I have favorites via my GPOs with mandatory profiles, but I haven't redirected them, our students just keep them in a htm file they use often (created in IT it appears) which is quite a novel way of doing it (and teaching them skills in web-design at the same time )

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    We're assigning favourites to students using GPO and they use mandatory profiles... but we don't redirect anything, so I guess redirection and the gpo don't like each other...

    or a potential idea is that while the ntuser.man respects the redirection, group policy is still stuffing the profiles Favourites folder with the links...

    worth a look?

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    just a wild thought, but cannot really test it myself at present, does the loop-back processing and setting it to merge do anything to them at all?

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