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20th October 2011, 09:39 PM #16
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I asked the uk technical manager today at IP Expo if it would solve the problem you've described and he said yes.
21st October 2011, 11:14 AM #17
Set default 64bit and 32bit profiles in the Netlogon share with accompanying start menus?
25th November 2011, 11:22 PM #18
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I thought it would be worth adding that the Office 2010 type of shortcut is a Windows Installer advertised shortcut. These are usually created by MSI installs (though MSIs can create the ordinary type of shortcut). They run checks on the application files before actually launching it, which causes a windows installer progress bar to appear when you first run the software on a user's account. This can be useful, though on some occasions (particularly with mandatory profiles) is a menace.
Originally Posted by DaveP
I have observed that sometimes Windows does some magic to make a shortcut directing to "program files" run a program in "program files (x86)" (but not vice versa). Not sure if this always works.
26th November 2011, 04:01 AM #19
Despite that it does seem to work with a single profile, at least it does in our deployment with roaming profiles.
Originally Posted by Arthur
26th November 2011, 09:21 AM #20
One application which does just install shortcuts is VLC player, you have to change them if you install on an X64 machine as it just points then at program files not program files x86
26th November 2011, 01:25 PM #21
Using a single roaming profile for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 machines is working fairly well for us too. This is fortunate, as I only saw the warning about it being unsupported when I was half-way through implementing it. Microsoft do seem to have done a fair amount work to make it possible for profiles to be compatible with both.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
There have been a few hiccups. I think most of them will be resolved when we rebuild our default profile in the Christmas Holidays - the original of the current one only ever logged on to a 32-bit machine. For a start, this means that our mandatory profiles are very slow to log on to 64-bit machines, presumably because they need to do some initialisation for the first login to a 64-bit machine on every log in.
29th November 2011, 02:02 PM #22
Have you used that product yourself? I know a school who use it and have had issues.
Originally Posted by plexer
You could create some of your own system variables and then a GPO or script to set them according that the architecture in use.
17th October 2012, 02:43 PM #23
That worked for me - it is %ProgramFiles% (i.e. without the space) though, not what is written above.
Originally Posted by sted
Thanks to enjay from:
DaveP (17th October 2012)
17th October 2012, 04:12 PM #24
We're currently applying the StartMenu per-OU on a loopback.
So we have whatever.tld > Workstations > Room 03
If Room 03 is 64bit, it has the 64bit Start Menu GPO linked onto it which looks at group membership of the user and loads the appropriate Start Menu (teacher/student/admin staff).
17th October 2012, 05:13 PM #25
I may be being thick here but how do you get it to look at group membership and apply the correct menu? we are currently trying to find the best way to do the redirected start menus in a mixed environment.
Originally Posted by pete
17th October 2012, 05:20 PM #26
I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure I've created shortcuts on my W& x64 machine (so they would point to Program Files (x86)) and put them in the start menu and users on 32 bit W7 can get to them fine. Last week I even had a shortcut change path - I had the apps drive mapped to a different letter on my machine than the shortcut pointed to, but Windows detected that and still loaded the software - was quite impressed by that tbh
17th October 2012, 07:03 PM #27
Thanks. I will give that a go [when I get the time]
Originally Posted by enjay
18th October 2012, 10:42 AM #28
Originally Posted by carnforthhigh
1) For each group of users, there's a security group that isn't shared by other users (we use pupils, teachers and dept-admin)
2) Your workstations are logically split into per-room OU
3) You've taken whole rooms to 64bitness in one go (if not, create a 64bit sub-ou and apply the GPO there).
Create a new GPO
Computer Config > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy:
User Group Policy loopback processing mode: Enabled. Mode: Merge
User Config > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection > Start Menu
Setting > Advanced - Specify locations for various user groups
Options: Grant Exclusive rights = Disabled, Move contents of Start Menu to new location = Disabled
Link the new GPO to a Room OU with 64bit machines and set it to enforced (so it'll triumph over any other start menu settings). Now test it.
(Our Start Menus are also administratively assigned offline files, but that's unnecessary for this to work).
5th September 2013, 03:09 PM #29
How about creating two path varibles to the program files & program files (x86) app folders and leaving out the path in the shortcut?
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