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How best to add an icon to every users' desktop over the network [message #157705] Mon, 13 July 2009 09:12 Go to next message
eggedd2k  is currently offline eggedd2k  United Kingdom
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Our current Win2k method of doing this is by using the desktop
redirection feature of Group Policy. We simply copy the icon to the
shared desktop and hey presto everyone has the icon.

We're in the process of setting up a new Windows SBS 2008 server and
and looking at the options for doing this differently.

Problem is not all users need the same desktop (we have 42 users
total) so therefore there are a fairly high amount of unused icons on
the shared desktop.

Other than continuing down the route of desktop redirection is there
an an alternative way of rolling out new icons. I was hoping to avoid
the shared desktop as it can cause all sorts of issues.


Any suggestions?
Re: How best to add an icon to every users' desktop over the network [message #157713 is a reply to message #157705] Mon, 13 July 2009 10:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
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eggedd2k <chrisnrach17@aol.com> wrote:
> Our current Win2k method of doing this is by using the desktop
> redirection feature of Group Policy. We simply copy the icon to the
> shared desktop and hey presto everyone has the icon.
>
> We're in the process of setting up a new Windows SBS 2008 server and
> and looking at the options for doing this differently.
>
> Problem is not all users need the same desktop (we have 42 users
> total) so therefore there are a fairly high amount of unused icons on
> the shared desktop.
>
> Other than continuing down the route of desktop redirection is there
> an an alternative way of rolling out new icons. I was hoping to avoid
> the shared desktop as it can cause all sorts of issues.
>
>
> Any suggestions?

You could redirect the start menu and make sure your shortcuts are there.
You could redirect different menus based on some criteria. Of course, your
computers really need to be close to identical to make this work (in terms
of OS and software load).

I'm not a big fan of desktop shortcuts. Users can be taught how to look in
the start menu to find their folders. They can create their own desktop
shortcuts if they're in need of them.
Re: How best to add an icon to every users' desktop over the network [message #157715 is a reply to message #157713] Mon, 13 July 2009 10:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
eggedd2k  is currently offline eggedd2k  United Kingdom
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I'm of the same opinion really - we've had our desktop redirection in
place since we got our current Win2k server (almost 8 years ago). It
was good at the time however I'm inclined now for users to create
their own desktop shortcuts if they want them.

cheers for your response
Re: How best to add an icon to every users' desktop over the network [message #157720 is a reply to message #157715] Mon, 13 July 2009 11:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
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eggedd2k <chrisnrach17@aol.com> wrote:
> I'm of the same opinion really - we've had our desktop redirection in
> place since we got our current Win2k server (almost 8 years ago). It
> was good at the time however I'm inclined now for users to create
> their own desktop shortcuts if they want them.
>
> cheers for your response

No worries.

I use desktop redirection (as well as My Documents, and often, Application
Data). I just don't worry about desktop shortcuts. If they're for software
on all the workstations, and all users need them, I put shortcuts in the All
Users desktop on each PC when I set it up.
Re: How best to add an icon to every users' desktop over the network [message #157738 is a reply to message #157705] Mon, 13 July 2009 16:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gwdibble  is currently offline gwdibble  United States
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You can easily do this with Group Policy Preferences. Server-wise, you'll
have everything you need on the SBS 2008 box, and for the clients, you can
deploy the Client Side Extensions with WSUS. And, you use "item level
targeting" to control which users and/or computers the preferences get
applied to. You can also set preferences to only apply once, so if you
deploy a shortcut this way the user can still delete it.

As a starting point, if you open a GPO in the group policy editor, you'll
see that you now have "preferences" in addition to policies.


"eggedd2k" <chrisnrach17@aol.com> wrote in message
news:e69b21e4-d03a-4108-9d75-5bcfb19eda41@l31g2000vbp.googlegroups.com...
> Our current Win2k method of doing this is by using the desktop
> redirection feature of Group Policy. We simply copy the icon to the
> shared desktop and hey presto everyone has the icon.
>
> We're in the process of setting up a new Windows SBS 2008 server and
> and looking at the options for doing this differently.
>
> Problem is not all users need the same desktop (we have 42 users
> total) so therefore there are a fairly high amount of unused icons on
> the shared desktop.
>
> Other than continuing down the route of desktop redirection is there
> an an alternative way of rolling out new icons. I was hoping to avoid
> the shared desktop as it can cause all sorts of issues.
>
>
> Any suggestions?
Re: How best to add an icon to every users' desktop over the network [message #157753 is a reply to message #157720] Tue, 14 July 2009 06:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Martin  is currently offline Martin  New Zealand
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"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
<lanwench@heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmailatyahoo.com> wrote in message
news:uBilTL9AKHA.3732@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> eggedd2k <chrisnrach17@aol.com> wrote:
>> I'm of the same opinion really - we've had our desktop redirection in
>> place since we got our current Win2k server (almost 8 years ago). It
>> was good at the time however I'm inclined now for users to create
>> their own desktop shortcuts if they want them.
>>
>> cheers for your response
>
> No worries.
>
> I use desktop redirection (as well as My Documents, and often, Application
> Data). I just don't worry about desktop shortcuts. If they're for software
> on all the workstations, and all users need them, I put shortcuts in the
> All Users desktop on each PC when I set it up.

just add this to a login script (using group policy, user config, policies,
windows settings,scripts(logon/logout))

copy \\server\desktopshortcuts\*.lnk "%userprofile%\desktop"
Re: How best to add an icon to every users' desktop over the network [message #157811 is a reply to message #157705] Tue, 14 July 2009 18:29 Go to previous message
Cliff Galiher  is currently offline Cliff Galiher  United States
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It bears mentioning that group policy preferences also allows the deployment
of shortcuts..... :) I know I seem to use that as a canned answer
these days, but they really are that handy.

-Cliff


"eggedd2k" <chrisnrach17@aol.com> wrote in message
news:e69b21e4-d03a-4108-9d75-5bcfb19eda41@l31g2000vbp.googlegroups.com...
> Our current Win2k method of doing this is by using the desktop
> redirection feature of Group Policy. We simply copy the icon to the
> shared desktop and hey presto everyone has the icon.
>
> We're in the process of setting up a new Windows SBS 2008 server and
> and looking at the options for doing this differently.
>
> Problem is not all users need the same desktop (we have 42 users
> total) so therefore there are a fairly high amount of unused icons on
> the shared desktop.
>
> Other than continuing down the route of desktop redirection is there
> an an alternative way of rolling out new icons. I was hoping to avoid
> the shared desktop as it can cause all sorts of issues.
>
>
> Any suggestions?
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