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    Mandatory Profiles and IE Favourites

    We have a vanilla XP Pro network with Server 2003 here, and Mandatory profiles for staff and students.

    I was wondering, does anyone know how to 'enable' favourites for users?

    We've had a vanilla for nearly 4 years now and it's only just come up! I did suggest just copying and pasting the url and saving somewhere else, but apparently that's too much hassle.

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    You could redirect favourits using group policy...

    Redirect Favorites and Cookies folder using a Group Policy

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    Not sure that will work with Mandatory profiles though?

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    I have used it succesfully in the past. Give it a go, works the same as redirecting my docs or any other folder.

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    We save the favorites to the my documents through group policy. It was posted on here a while ago.

    Works perfectly so far.

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    Didn't work

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    We redirect favourites to a hidden Favourites folder in their redirected My Documents.

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    Same as above, but with local profiles. Students are mandatory - their favourites are set by GP which works fine.

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    How do you set them by GP? Do they save their favourites, and they are still there when they log back in?

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    either via gpo or you could edit the ntuser.man file and change hkuser\username\software\microsoft\windows\current version\explorer\user shell folders\favirotes and instead of %userprofile%\favorites point it at say U:\favorites (we use u drive for their user area)

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    Thanks y'all. All working now. Redirected to my documents.

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    Is there a way to continue deploying favourites via group policy in addition to allowing them to save their own favourites within a mandatory profile? Using WinXP/Server2K3R2.
    Cheers

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    To clarify, updating the ntuser.man/dat with redirected favorites path allows them to save their own favorites but does not pull down their favorites as deployed by GPO.
    Last edited by itwasntme; 23rd February 2011 at 11:29 AM. Reason: clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by itwasntme View Post
    Is there a way to continue deploying favourites via group policy in addition to allowing them to save their own favourites within a mandatory profile? Using WinXP/Server2K3R2.
    Cheers

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    To clarify, updating the ntuser.man/dat with redirected favourites path allows them to save their own favorites but does not pull down their favorites as deployed by GPO.
    gpo favourites should go out ok iirc

    or not via gpo and crude but effective copy \\server\favourites\pupils\*.url u:\favorites /y

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    gpo favourites should go out ok iirc

    or not via gpo and crude but effective copy \\server\favourites\pupils\*.url u:\favorites /y
    I was hoping not to have to maintain a list of favorites by copying/deleting every login - can anyone confirm that it does/should work if you've statically configured a fixed path for favorites in the users home folder and still want GPO favorites deployed?
    If anything is stopping it I would imagine it is applying the gpo favorites first and then setting the path?

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    Is there a way to automate the creation of a hidden Favorites and Cookies folder for existing and new users?

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