Custom .ADM - entering REG_EXPAND_SZ data into registry - Binary data using GPO?
Posted on 2004-09-24
I'm trying to change the locations of some system folders via GPO. Now GPO and the standard .adm templates don't do what I want and some do more then they should? Ex. setting 'folder redirection' for 'Start Menu' will affect Startup and Program locations as well... I found the location in the registry that I need to change ( HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\ ) but if you just 'modify' the entry the type changes to "REG_SZ" from "REG_EXPAND_SZ". Not what I want because I need to use variables in the entry ex: %Userprofile%\somedir . So I found that you need to enter the info via Binary, which isn't a problem using regedit or what have you BUT, I need to do this via. GPO. So, I wrote my own .ADM as this:
KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders"
PART !!CustomFolders_ProgramsPath EDITTEXT REQUIRED
PART !!CustomFolders_StartupPath EDITTEXT REQUIRED
PART !!CustomFolders_StartMenuPath EDITTEXT REQUIRED
VALUENAME "Start Menu"
END CATEGORY; CustomFolders
Company_Custom_Settings=Company Custom Settings
CustomFolders_Programs=User Program redirect
CustomFolders_ProgramsPath=The new User Programs path location
CustomFolders_Startup=User Startup redirect
CustomFolders_StartupPath=The new User Startup path location
CustomFolders_StartMenu=User Start Menu redirect
CustomFolders_StartMenuPath=The new User Start Menu path location
The problem is that it's the same as entering the data via 'modify' as described above, hence changing the type to "REG_SZ". Does anyone know how to enter data via and .ADM in a binary value? I've tried ( hex(2):03,42 etc ) but it just interpretes it as text...