Favorites on 30+ computers with out actually logging on them

Posted on 2006-05-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I have a SBS 2003 server with about 30 computers connected to it. Is there any way for me to batch out a favortie to there internet explorer or a icon on there desktop that will act as a direct link so I do not have to go around to every computer?

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Question by:cyborgcom
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    Sure, SBS already configures a few favorites that are deployed to users.  These are configured in the IE Configuration Script found at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\ClientSetup\Clients\Setup\install.ins.

    Go ahead and add all of your favorites to the [FavoritesEx] section of this file in the same manner as those already there.

    Since this file has already been deployed to the workstations during the connectcomputer process you will need to set the login script to run a small batch file to automatically deploy it again to all workstations.

    The login script is in \\<servername>\NETLOGON

    You first need to create a batch file that will run the execute command on the workstation, your batch file will have this command in it:

    rundll32.exe iedkcs32.dll,BrandInternetExplorer /ins:"\\<servername>\clients\setup\install.ins"

    Save the file in that same directory with the name favorites.bat

    Then you can edit the Login Script, adding the following line:

    CALL \\<servername>\NETLOGON\favorites.bat

    (In all entries, insert  your actual server's NETBIOS name where it says <servername>.  All other punctuation is part of the entry).

    Once each workstation has been logged onto at least one time, you can go back to the login script and place "REM" in front of the CALL line to comment it out.  By leaving it there, you can easily repeat the reconfiguration if you change the links in your install.ins file.

    There are other ways to accomplish this, such as Group Policy, however, I've found this to be a bit easier to get deployed and modified.


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    Ok, thanks for the anserw only one small problem, I have the computers connected but I never used the "ConnectComputer" process, I just logged them into the domain and it was all good from there, I went back and attempted to do the "ConnectComputer" process and it tells me there is no need to. So what have I done?!
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Well, then you need to fix that.  Because connectcomputer does a lot of things that are necesary for managing your workstations.  (

    So, follow these steps, but first add your favorites to the install.ins file and then you don't have to do a thing with the logon script.

    The following needs to be done with the client machine:
    1.  Log in with THAT machine's LOCAL administrator account.
    2.  Unjoin the domain into a WORKGROUP
    3.  Change the name of the computer
    4.  Delete or rename the following directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Clients if it exists
    5.  Ensure that DHCP is enabled and there are  no manually configured network settings
    6.  Reboot

    Then on the server, from the Server Management Console:
    1.  Remove the client computers if it still shows in the Client Computer screen on the Server Management Console
    2.  Add the client with it's NEW name using the Add Computer wizard

    Then, go back to the client machine and join the domain by opening Internet Explorer and navigating to http://servername/connectcomputer


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