+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
Windows Thread, Start menu location in Technical; Hi how do people redirect there start menus. Do you have a server share with them on? Or do you ...
  1. #1
    ful56_uk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    562
    Thank Post
    105
    Thanked 25 Times in 22 Posts
    Rep Power
    19

    Start menu location

    Hi

    how do people redirect there start menus. Do you have a server share with them on? Or do you have a startup script that copies them to the local drive? Or a different way.

    Do you have a global one or one per room/ou?

  2. #2

    tmcd35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    5,713
    Thank Post
    858
    Thanked 904 Times in 749 Posts
    Blog Entries
    9
    Rep Power
    330
    We redirect students start menu and desktop to read only shares on one of our servers. We have 2 of each, 1 for 64bit and 1 for 32 bit and use WMI filters on the two GPO's to direct the appropriate computers to the correct version.

  3. Thanks to tmcd35 from:

    ful56_uk (23rd April 2010)

  4. #3
    ful56_uk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    562
    Thank Post
    105
    Thanked 25 Times in 22 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    Do you find any slow down when everyone is using the start menus across the network?

  5. #4

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Surburbia
    Posts
    2,178
    Thank Post
    74
    Thanked 307 Times in 243 Posts
    Rep Power
    115
    Online computer startup differentially robocopys from a server and constructs a bunch of menus (each one aimed at a different domain group) on the local drive, including evaluating and deleting LNKs that aren't relevant to that computer.

    I specifically wanted it like this so I had the same menus to play with both online (to the domain) and offline, but it apparently has some performance advantages over redirecting to a server share. This is insignificant for me, but the downside is that you've got to restart the computer to pick up start menu changes.

    [Read-only desktops are done the same]
    Last edited by PiqueABoo; 23rd April 2010 at 08:52 PM.

  6. #5

    tmcd35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    5,713
    Thank Post
    858
    Thanked 904 Times in 749 Posts
    Blog Entries
    9
    Rep Power
    330
    Can't say I've really noticed. There's the odd occation when the menu takes a couple of secs more than expected to draw but it's rare and so far nobodys complained.

  7. #6
    ful56_uk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    562
    Thank Post
    105
    Thanked 25 Times in 22 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    Online computer startup differentially robocopys from a server and constructs a bunch of menus (each one aimed at a different domain group) on the local drive, including evaluating and deleting LNKs that aren't relevant to that computer.

    I specifically wanted it like this so I had the same menus to play with both online (to the domain) and offline, but it apparently has some performance advantages over redirecting to a server share. This is insignificant for me, but the downside is that you've got to restart the computer to pick up start menu changes.
    That sounds interesting. We have a bat file that copyies the start menu from a server share to the local drive. I would like to get them more targeted to ou location/room so they only get shortcuts that are from programs in that room

  8. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Surburbia
    Posts
    2,178
    Thank Post
    74
    Thanked 307 Times in 243 Posts
    Rep Power
    115
    Can't say I've really noticed.
    Me neither coz my off-domain requirement precluded ever trying it. I recall seeing threads here from folk with issues, but that may well have been related to some specific quirks of their systems. I'm a pragmatist so if it works for you...

    If I had done that I would have *tried* access based enumeration to control which domain groups get to see which start menu folders. Does anyone do this?

    That sounds interesting.
    It needs a bit of script or code to chew through your copied start menu folders. With script you can open existing LNKs with the "WScript.Shell" CreateShortcut() function, then get their target path, check if the target exists out and delete the LNK if it doesn't. In reality you also need to worry about [link] how you make shortcuts to network resources which eventually came along and bit me, and perhaps you have to accommodate a "special" where the shortcuts points an OS app at something e.g: "cscript.exe c:\myapp\myscript.vbs" (cscript.exe is always there, the vbs file might not be), but most of it is fairly mundane scripting.

  9. #8
    mrbios's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Stroud, Gloucestershire
    Posts
    2,541
    Thank Post
    362
    Thanked 263 Times in 215 Posts
    Rep Power
    100
    DFS Share \\domain.local\Menus\*Name of start menu folder*, as each building is on a different DC so they get all get them from their local DCs, used to do the printers the same way but we've gone back to a single print server again now

  10. #9
    danrhodes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Wath Upon Dearne
    Posts
    1,513
    Thank Post
    157
    Thanked 181 Times in 150 Posts
    Rep Power
    68
    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    DFS Share \\domain.local\Menus\*Name of start menu folder*, as each building is on a different DC so they get all get them from their local DCs, used to do the printers the same way but we've gone back to a single print server again now
    Same here we don't ever have issues regarding slow down due to the start menu, we do get slowdowns due to kids looping network cables back!

    D

  11. #10


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    51.403651, -0.515458
    Posts
    9,065
    Thank Post
    232
    Thanked 2,717 Times in 2,005 Posts
    Rep Power
    795
    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    DFS Share \\domain.local\Menus\*Name of start menu folder*, as each building is on a different DC so they get all get them from their local DCs, used to do the printers the same way but we've gone back to a single print server again now
    How do you deal with laptop users when using this method? Have you still got it setup in the same way as before?

    Edit. Just found this which explains what to do for laptop users.
    http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/windows...nus-to-laptops
    Last edited by Arthur; 27th April 2010 at 12:34 AM.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 31st March 2010, 03:57 PM
  2. Start Menu Issue
    By marekbrad in forum Windows
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12th March 2010, 02:24 PM
  3. Start Menu Redirection
    By Techie101 in forum Windows
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 22nd October 2009, 10:25 AM
  4. Redirected Start Menu
    By Bluetooth in forum Windows Server 2000/2003
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 20th May 2009, 09:20 PM
  5. XP Start Menu Problem
    By Gatt in forum Windows
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12th July 2007, 08:30 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •