We are currently using shared start menus at the moment for the entire school, and all shortcuts mare shown regardless of whether the software is installed or not.
How can I only display shortcuts in the start menu for applications installed?
me 3 - RM does it for us but i havent been able to do it any MS way yet, maybe a script???
arthur; you could use that if you've installed the software via a policy which is linked to a group in AD, use the group as a security setting in effect, but it's not the same as something that simply doesn't show a short cut to anything that isn't there.
you really need to group the computers into areas where the same software is installed and then use folder redirection.
Theoretically I suppose you could redirect to a local folder on each pc then have a script setup to copy all shortcuts accross and then delete/hide any dead shortcuts on boot... haven't looked into this at all though so it might take too long to process etc
Have you considered using GPO preferences. You can create a group say for all users who have Adobe Professional installed and target them using GPO preferences. The users who are not in this group won't get the shortcuts/icons, however the PC will still have Adobe installed.
We have a redirected menu that everyone gets (actually two menus – one staff one pupil) which covers all the standard installs that are deployed whole school. In addition to that, any software that is particular to one machine has its shortcut placed in a folder locally on the pc. A logon script copies any shortcuts in the folder into the current users profile, job done.
nm_media (27th April 2012)
Just wondering if anyone has had any more ideas regarding this please? I dont want to be messing about with access-based enumeration as it can get very complex.
Can i take a look at this script pleaseA logon script copies any shortcuts in the folder into the current users profile, job done.
Use Group Policy Preferences to sculpt the existing start menu on computer startup, you can use checks to looks for each individual .exe of each program and also automatically remove the shortcuts if the program has been uninstalled. It adds about 20 seconds to computer startup but there is no redirection or user based login scripting so an actual login is really fast. Depending on how you deploy your software you can just call gpupdate to update the start menu while users are logged in and the they can use it without a reboot.
I also use GPP, as well as a couple of other things.
I redirect my menu to a local folder on the C:\ Drive (C:\Environments\Startmenus) this is done because I have found that a redirection to the network caused the start menu to lag significantly.
There are several different folders within this (One for Staff, one for Students etc - done so that icons for SIMS etc are not visable from student logins)
These folders are created by GPP, and populated with an MSI which includes all of the shortcuts for site licensed products. The MSI is deployed by Group Policy so that if needed I can recall it and send out a new one with updated links.
I create Security groups of machines to distribute certain pieces of software. Within the Group Policy that I use to distribute the programs msi I also use GPP to distribute the shortcuts to the redirected folders.
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