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We have a students ...
16th January 2012, 03:00 PM #1
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Network Shares On Desktop - Create Icons On Logon?
Is there a simple way of sticking a shortcut to a Windows share onto the desktop?
We have a students and teachers common drive that the teachers will need access to whilst on the iMacs (Running 1.6) we have mananged to connect to a share but not found a way of creating a shortcut to that share. We did get one way that shows the connected servers on the desktop but obviously after a reboot or log-off these were not there again?
Any ideas or free software to do this so ALL users will see these on logon? We have hooked them up with AD fine so that's not an issue and it picks up there home folders fine also.
Thanks in advance, hope I made it clear
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16th January 2012, 03:24 PM #2
Think you can create a default profile similar to Windows and setup Aliases on the desktop which would be there for any user who logs on.
16th January 2012, 03:28 PM #3
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Sounds good, how is this done?
16th January 2012, 03:40 PM #4
Sorry, not done personally but pretty sure it can be done.
If you google "default profile on Mac" it should bring bac results. Obviously follow at your own peril and test till your blue.
17th January 2012, 08:32 AM #5
If you want to do it this way, simply connect to the windows server witht he shares on, it will ask you to connect with your windows login details, cmd click on the share you want a shortcut to and create an alias for that share, and place it on the desktop, there is an option somewhere that will ask if you want to authenticate with the logged on users details every time, untick this, or every time a user opens that drive it will connect as you, unticking will mean, they will have to put in there windows user and password, personally if i were you, and trying to do this, i would go and get a mac mini server, it makes the whole job of managing shares a lot easier, and you'd get a lot more options for managing etc.
The way ive descripted we used, when we had only two imacs, so no real need for a server, but as soon as we got more macs, we got a mac mini server.
17th January 2012, 08:36 AM #6
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Thanks Ste, we did do it the way of creating an alias and it worked fine, however after we logged off and back on these desktop shortcuts had gone?
We currently only having 5 iMacs in the staff room so no real need for a MacMini Server, plus the fact were going to be a full end user Apple School but with all windows Servers so would be great to learn now for when the new school is finished (6Months time)
17th January 2012, 02:26 PM #7
I can only think of, you have something maybe to clear the profile cache either on login or log off.
As when you login using windows usernames it should create a local home profile. Im using lion so i can't remember off the top of my head what the folder structure looked like, but if you could add the alias to the desktop of the default profile, it should add it to the desktop every time a new profile is created (every time a new person logs in)
Im sure theres a post about default profiles below this one
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