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Windows 7 Thread, Internet Explorer - Shared Favourites in Technical; In addition to everyone's own Favourites, I would like to put a couple of links, or more accurately a couple ...
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    Internet Explorer - Shared Favourites

    In addition to everyone's own Favourites, I would like to put a couple of links, or more accurately a couple of folders, on everyone's Favourites. Is this possible, and if so, how?

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    We just used to put them in the default profile, you could have a folder on your deployment share called favorites which you could use a batch to copy to favorites in the profile at login.

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    That would work, thanks.

    I'm sure we had a shared links folder on our CC3 network, but I never used it and therefore don't know how it worked (or whether it would still work on Win7, come to that).

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    could you just add a shortcut to h:\favorites (or wherever users files are) that points to \\server\sharefavorites$

    infact wont group policy preferences allow you to add /remove to favorites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    could you just add a shortcut to h:\favorites (or wherever users files are) that points to \\server\sharefavorites$

    infact wont group policy preferences allow you to add /remove to favorites?
    yes you can - although not sure if can add folders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    yes you can - although not sure if can add folders.
    could always create ba shared favorites folder with the login script (but if youre doing that may as well copy an exisiting one there on logon)

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    Group Policy / User Configurattion/Windows Settings/Internet Explorer Manintenance/URLs/Favourites and Links

    Do this for the top level of the group, or make a new GPO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Group Policy / User Configurattion/Windows Settings/Internet Explorer Manintenance/URLs/Favourites and Links

    Do this for the top level of the group, or make a new GPO.
    Thanks. I was hoping for something which was easier to edit than that - the ideal would be for staff to be able to add useful shortcuts to students' Favourites...

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Thanks. I was hoping for something which was easier to edit than that - the ideal would be for staff to be able to add useful shortcuts to students' Favourites...
    Perhaps best to force them to come through you still so they don't flood the favourites bar with rubbish - if they want to start creating hundreds of links there's nothing stopping them doing it in a shared folder (or on a VLE if you have one - which is best of all as you can put the links on context)

    GPO mentioned does the trick nicely, though. I had to laugh after I'd added the LGfL Audio Network as a favourite and a couple of days, a repeat timewaster here was spotted on it in a French lesson... promptly went up to the classroom with the Head of Dept., pulled her out and asked her why she was wasting time on that instead of what her teacher had told her to do... "well why did they put the link there if they didn't want us to go on it?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Perhaps best to force them to come through you still so they don't flood the favourites bar with rubbish
    Why are you assuming that the teachers would fill the bar with rubbish, and not decent sites?

    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    if they want to start creating hundreds of links there's nothing stopping them doing it in a shared folder
    Many do that, this is more for the younger children for whom navigating lots of folders deep into the shared area can be a bit fiddly/time consuming/hit-and-miss as to whether the whole class end up at the same folder.

    It is also, in part, a request from a teacher who wants everything accessible from her desktop.

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    via Group Policy would be how I'd do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Why are you assuming that the teachers would fill the bar with rubbish, and not decent sites?
    From experience of teachers here, I'm afraid.

    I imagine you could do it fairly easily with a logon script - copy from \\shared\folder to %userprofile%\favorites. If you're on 2008 you could use GPP or just redirect Favorites to a shared location. The latter should, I think, update as soon as a shortcut is created in the shared location - so in the middle of a lesson the teacher could create the favourite and have it immediately available to all logged on students.

    EDIT: User Config > Policies > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection > Favorites for the 2008 GPO. 2003 doesn't have the equivalent, though, so you'd have to go the login script route there.
    Last edited by sonofsanta; 13th December 2011 at 10:08 AM.

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    I think I'll go with the script. Folder redirection would an option for younger children who aren't going to be creating favourites of their own, but not suitable for older pupils or staff.

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    Hang on - a logon script require rights to run batch files, which obviously our users don't have. Hmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Hang on - a logon script require rights to run batch files, which obviously our users don't have. Hmmm.
    isnt the logon script itself a special case that gets past that as its an administratively assigned script



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