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Learning Network Manager Thread, Using custom icons on network in Technical; Originally Posted by Michael I was under the impression icon files are similar to fonts. The actual files should be ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I was under the impression icon files are similar to fonts. The actual files should be stored on the local drive and not a network or remote location.
    I'm not really an Icon Guru (if such a title exists!), but no. Windows default icons are normally in DLL files or exe files. If you have your own .ico file it can be added to the shortcut to a file or program regardless of where it is saved.

    For an icon to showup on a network for a particular user, that user would need to be able to access the location of the icon.
    You could copy the icon to the C: of every single workstation if you really wanted, but a network share is far easier and quicker. It also means if you change the icon slightly in the future you only have to change the one source file - the share will be the same and reflect the icon change

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    I'm not an icon guru either! I understand what you're saying, but it's probably just as easy to copy it to every machine within a logon script. Personally I'd still prefer each machine to have its copy rather than getting it from the server each time.

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    I suppose it depends on the enviroment really.
    As little-miss said she has folder re-direction I don't think that an additional 30kb being pulled off the server is much to worry about. If it was a roaming profile kind of enviroment then it would probably matter more.

    Either way Little-Miss, Mine or Michael's scenario should work for you!
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    Thanks both of you, i appreciate the input.

    MB2K01, you are spot on, i have a P drive which i planned to put them on early but hadnt got round to. I shall let you know tomorrow!

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    I still havent cracked this you know.

    I've tried placing it in P: though i may try this one again as it had a hissy fit everytime i tried to point it to the share.
    I placed it in the folder itself and hid it, still didnt work.

    These all work fine on the server, but never seems to filter down to the client like everything else does.

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    Have you tried setting the icons using a client?

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    Excuse my stoopidness, brain has left me tonight. you mean doing it locally on the client? Nope i havent..

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    Here's what i do.

    Map P: to \\servername\Apps on the server. Create a folder in there called icons. Hide this folder and give the users read only access. Create a shortcut to the application (which should now point to P:\application\application.exe. Now place this in the desired loation on your re-directed desktop. Now right-click on your shortcut for the application and click change icon. Go to your p: and choose the icon from your hidden folder that you want.

    Because the users map p to the apps folder and they have access to the share then they will see the new icons.

    Hope this helps.

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