Managing local and network application shortcuts
I'd like to change the way we deliver network applications to the desktop. Currently we use GPOs to redirect the start emnu to a folder on the server where all the shortcuts are saved.
This has two disadvantages:
1) When laptops are off the network they don't always get menus (yes folder synchronisation should work but it doesn't always)
2) Local applications icons are installed on the centralised menu meaning every PC gets the icons even if the software isn't installed there.
3) Centralised network installed applications appear on the menu even when not available when the laptop is off network.
I'd liek to be able to separate the icons so that locally installed apps appear on the start menu and network apps are delivered in some other way.
I thought that a folder on the desktop with subfolders for departments with shortcut icons in might be one way but a webpage seemed to offer the option of putting a description next to each application. However the basic html I threw together to test this resulted in a lot of "untrusted source" style errors rather than just launching the application. How can I force my workstations to trust my application server?
Or is there a better way I've not yet mentioned....?