Windows Thread, Creating Shortcuts in Technical; This may be a really simple problem to solve but I've drawn a blank so here goes,
trying to build ...
3rd July 2009, 08:55 AM #1
This may be a really simple problem to solve but I've drawn a blank so here goes,
trying to build up folders with shortcuts (start menu/desktop) for folder redirection on a per room basis. Leeching most of these from the 'all users' directory on the local machines. However as some of the packages were set so as not to create desktop shortcuts I'm having to make them myself.
Problem is unless I have the software installed locally it will come up with a "The file XXX cannot be found" error.
Only thing I can think of doing is creating a 'dummy' directory and exe on my local machine to trick it into thinking its there, then creating the shortcut.
Am I missing something really obvious?
4th July 2009, 04:14 PM #2
This is a typical Windows behaviour and is quite simple to get around. On your server, create a folder called ICONS, then create sub folders called Pupils/Staff then folders for Start Menu and Desktop. Repeat the process for as many as you need.
Share the ICONS folder as ICONS and configure permissions so Everyone has read/execute access and only administrators have write access.
Within your administrator logon script, add an additional entry to map the drive. For example:
net use I: /delete
net use I: \\SERVERNAME\ICONS
Logon a workstation with your administrator account. You can then access the ICONS share from My Computer and drag and drop shortcuts you create directly where they need to go. Hope this helps.
4th July 2009, 04:16 PM #3
I use a tool that delivers shortcuts from a shared area to the users local profile (I am changing it to .NET Remoting to reduce bandwidth though). It then hides any shortcuts that do not resolve to valid targets.
If you want it, I will post it when I make a few changes...
4th July 2009, 04:30 PM #4
Hmm, that sounds interesting.. anychance i could take a look?
Originally Posted by binky
4th July 2009, 05:27 PM #5
I'd be interested in that too.
Lots of icons for software that isn't installed on all machines etc
4th July 2009, 07:15 PM #6
we have been using xia links XIA Links - CENTREL Solutions
works really well! and you can use ad permissions on the shortcuts to decide who gets to run them.
4th July 2009, 07:27 PM #7
Yes, It will take a few days since I need to make some changes so that it can be run on other networks.
Originally Posted by EduTech
4th July 2009, 07:38 PM #8
Ok mate No Problem just give us a shout when its all sorted.
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