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    Trouble Creating an Application Whitelist via GPO

    Hi,

    I'm having problems with students running executables and have decided to be a bit more restrictive. I've configured it but the desktop shortcuts won't work

    I've created a test OU, policy and user to play with.

    Under: 'User Config-> Policies-> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Software Restriction Policies -> Security Levels' I have selected 'Disallowed' so everything is blocked.

    Under: 'User Config-> Policies-> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Software Restriction Policies -> Additional Rules' I have added (see pic below)
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    Now this works well, I can open everything in start menu no probs BUT the desktop shortcuts (which are deployed via Group Pref) are blocked by group policy. This means I can open Excel through start menu but not with the desktop icon.

    I've added *.Ink and even %DesktopDir%\*.Ink in an attempt to make it work but I'm still having no luck.

    I'd be grateful if somebody can help me

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    Could try adding %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\*
    Or you could change the 'Designated File Types' and remove .lnk (shortcut) files.

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    Thanks for the reply. I found I'd made the rather moronic mistake of writing *.Ink instead of *.Lnk.

    At least its sorted now lol

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