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    Redirected Start Menu when not on the network

    Hi

    When a user is logged into a domain account and it not connected to the network they cannot access any of their start menu. How would I set it so It will access the all users folder when not on our network?

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    On similar threads, someone mentioned that they use a script which copies/synchs shortcuts between the server and a local cached copy at startup/logon. Then just redirect the start menu to this cached location. Haven't done it yet, but intend to. Theroertically easy enough to setup.

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    Is there a need for the start menu to actually be held on the network? - We used redirection for the start menu regardless of being 'online' or not just as its easier to maintain for us and stops them picking up other shortcuts...

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    The whole start menu isn’t re-directed there is just a few shortcuts on the network. All the others and locally in the all users folder.

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    Thats what I mean ....

    If when they are offline NONE of the start menu works AND you only have a few network shortcuts, would it not be easier/saner to hold the start menu locally with a shortcut contained within to the network 'start menu' container.

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    I would but it slows the start menu from opening when there is no network connection. Plus some shortcuts eg VNC i only want administrators to see.

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    Hm, I've found that if the start menu is held locally on the laptop its actually quicker to open contrary to your post above.

    I suppose it depends how you think about it, how many administrators do you have? - I mean, if its only a couple, could they not make the shortcuts themselves and avoid having to 'fix' something for everyone to only benefit a few?

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    Sorry you have lost me there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    I would but it slows the start menu from opening when there is no network connection. Plus some shortcuts eg VNC i only want administrators to see.
    If you explain that a bit more, maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick?

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    We have re-directed start menus because there are some applications we don’t want the kids to get hold of for example SIMS. And we have a folder in our start menu with handy tools an example is a script to lock remote machines and VNC. We do not want other users to see these.

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    This sounds like the problem I hit with our network, we had a redirected start menu to a unc share.

    This worked well for years, but as the number of machines rose we saw slow start menu loading and problems with laptops (like FN-Greatermanchester).

    It turned out that the load on the share started to increase and xp scans all the short cuts on the menu before displaying it.

    What we did is redirect the menus to a local folder, and use a startup script to sync via robocopy the file share to the local folder.

    Means power up can be a little slow, but logins are fast.

    Hope this helps.

    Robk

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    what a good idea, love it! Please can I take a look at your script?
    Last edited by FN-GM; 22nd February 2008 at 09:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    what a good idea, love it! Please can I take a look at your script?
    Sure, it looks like this.

    rem rsync script to update local version of templates folder
    rem create dir structure
    md c:\templates
    md c:\templates\backgrounds
    md c:\templates\desktop
    md c:\templates\menus
    md c:\templates\menus\admin
    md c:\templates\menus\admin\programs
    md c:\templates\menus\admin\programs\staff
    md c:\templates\menus\admin\programs\staff\programs
    md c:\templates\menus\admin\programs\staff\programs\s tudents

    Rem rsync backgrounds
    \\{DNS DOMAIN}\netlogon\robocopy.exe \\qegs-2\templates\backgrounds c:\templates\backgrounds /MIR

    Rem rsync desktop
    \\{DNS DOMAIN}\netlogon\robocopy.exe \\qegs-2\templates\desktop c:\templates\desktop /MIR

    Rem rsync staff & student menu
    \\{DNS DOMAIN}\netlogon\robocopy.exe \\qegs-2\templates\menus\admin\programs\staff c:\templates\menus\admin\programs\staff /MIR

    Rem rsync backgrounds

    \\{DNS DOMAIN}\netlogon\robocopy.exe /COPYATS /IS \\qegs-2\templates\backgrounds c:\templates\backgrounds /MIR

    Rem rsync desktop

    \\{DNS DOMAIN}\netlogon\robocopy.exe /COPYATS /IS \\qegs-2\templates\desktop c:\templates\desktop /MIR

    Rem rsync staff & student menu
    \\{DNS DOMAIN}\netlogon\robocopy.exe /COPYATS /IS \\qegs-2\templates\menus\admin\programs\staff c:\templates\menus\admin\programs\staff /MIR
    You need to replace {DNS DOMAIN} with the full domain name for your windows domain, this allows AD to sync all your scripts across domain controllers for redundancy.

    I ended up using multiple robocopys for some reason, I think it was due to security settings, though one line should have worked.

    Certainly I set this up 18 months ago and it works for us.

    RobK

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    Redirect to local copy

    Hello,

    I know the post is a while ago, but it was a great help.
    The startmenu has been copied but how can I redirect the location in grouppolicy, so the users will use the local copy of the startmenu.

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