Shared desktop using GPO
i have a problem our school is wanting shared desktop (same background img and shortcuts) but the problem is i have managed to get the icons and the background to appear but the shortcuts havent replace the ones that were on before so now im stuck with the shared desktop shortcuts and also the shortcuts that were on previously (some have doubled up like i now have two microsoft word shortcuts) cant seem to figure out why... any ideas?
This could be that you have shortcuts in the all users desktop folder .... if you are controling your desktops with redirection then make sure this folder is empty on each workststion ... or you could end up with more shortcuts than you had planned for ...
okay is there any quicker way to remove the icons from the all users folder??
I would run a script that deletes the all user desktop files and leave a text file on the C: drive to say it has done it.
Then run another script that copies down shortcuts from the server if they don't already exist
e.g if exist %alluserprofile%\desktop\Microsoft Word.Ink goto 2
copy \\server\share\Microsoft word.Ink %alluserprofile%\desktop\
if exist etc etc
and so on for all the shortcuts
I would make a little batch file for example
Delete *.* c:\documents and settings\all users or something similar .... run it from the default domain gpo run programs on startup section.
I presume your standard shared desktop is pushed out with the gpo redirect desktop setting?
Edit your GPO for the users (ADM Templates/Start Menu and Taskbar) and enable remove pinned programs
Thats an interesting idea ... does that also clear out the all users folder of any odd shortcuts that might be there?
Originally Posted by tosh74
The policy you're looking for is:
User Config > Admin Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar - Remove common program groups from start menu - Enabled
Spot on Big Fella - my bad :)
Originally Posted by Michael