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Posted on 2009-06-30
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Hi
We would like to deploy web folders using GPO to users in our domain so that they can access a SharePoint file system through Office applications.  UNC paths do not work for this purpose very well as folder structure can be missing ie we would like to use a GPO to deploy a "My Network Place" to http://test/document library/doclib1

We have a 2008 server on the domain to administer GP as it was suspected this would help

Urgent help greatly appreciated
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by:Glen Knight
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If you have Windows 2008 you can use Group Policy Extensions to achieve this.
Have a look at: http://www.eggheadcafe.com/conversation.aspx?messageid=34099701&threadid=34092341
Someone trying to do a similar thing.
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Hi dematzer

I have been here already.  Unfortunately the string does not provide an answer.  Having also surfed extensively, EE was my last resort.

Thanks
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What OS are your clients running?
Do they have Client Side Extensions installed for Group Policy Extensions? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731892(WS.10).aspx
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by:jamesharold
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We run XP Pro and yes.  What seems to happen when following the uinstructions as suggested is that a shortcut will appear for the Internet Site and not a Web Folder.

When choosing the folder option during the GPO configuration it will only let you use a UNC path
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Is using a script out of the question?
You could then create a shortcut in: %USERPROFILE%\NetHood

Or alternatively create your shortcut and put the lnk file on a network share then run the following in a loginscript: copy /y "\\server\servershare\shortcut.lnk" "%USERPROFILE%\NetHood\"
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sorry ignore the .lnk if you create a netfolder shre I dont think it had it.
I just did this in an SBS2003 environment and it worked OK
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We finally came up with this, used at login:

'Create Network Folder
'This is a fix to the original, which I found did not handle URLs
'longer than 44 characters.

Option Explicit

Sub CreateNetworkFolder(siteURL, siteName)

Dim iRes, jRes, MT, TT
Dim SH, newPath
Dim objFso, f, fs, g
Dim bString
Dim ltrIndex
Dim nameLength, urlLength, urlCutoff
Dim aFile

'ForWriting (2) is the attribute to be set when writing to a file.
Const ForWriting = 2

nameLength = Len(siteName)
urlLength = Len(siteURL)
'44 seems to be the length where we have to change a 00 to a 01.
urlCutoff = 44

Set objFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

If iRes = vbCancel Then
WScript.Quit
End If

Set SH = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

'Create the folder under NetHood that will hold the target.lnk file
newPath = SH.SpecialFolders("NetHood") & "\" & siteName

If (objFso.FolderExists(newPath)) Then
WScript.Quit
End If

objFso.CreateFolder(newPath)

'We ceate a Desktop.ini file
Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
aFile = newPath & "\Desktop.ini"

Set f = fs.OpenTextFile( aFile, ForWriting, True )

'Write the data lines that will make this a folder shortcut.
f.WriteLine "[.ShellClassInfo]"
f.WriteLine "CLSID2={0AFACED1-E828-11D1-9187-B532F1E9575D}"
f.WriteLine "Flags=2"
f.WriteLine "ConfirmFileOp=0"
f.Close

'We make Desktop.ini a system-hidden file by assigning it attribute of 6
Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set g = fs.GetFile(newPath & "\Desktop.ini")
g.Attributes = 6

'We make the folder read-only by assigning it 1.
Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set g = fs.GetFolder(newPath)
g.Attributes = 1

'This is where we construct the target.lnk file byte by byte. Most of
'the lines are shown in 16 byte chunks,
'mostly because that is the way I saw it in the Debug utility I was
'using to inspect shortcut files.

'Line 1, 16 bytes
bString = Chr(&H4C) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H01) & Chr(&H14) & Chr(&H02) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&HC0) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'Line 2, 16 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H46) & Chr(&H81) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'Line 3, 16 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'Line 4., 16 bytes. 13th byte is significant.
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H01) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'Line 5. 13th byte is significant.
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'When I was analyzing the next byte of shortcuts I created, I found
'that it is set to various values,
'and I have no idea what they are referring to. In desperation I tried
'substituting some values.
'00 caused a crash of Explorer. FF seeems to work fine for all.
'If anyone can get back to me on what this byte is or why FF works,
'please contact me.
bString = bString & Chr(&HFF)

'This byte is 00 if the URL is 44 characters or less, 01 if greater.
If urlLength > urlCutoff Then
bString = bString & Chr(&H01)
Else
bString = bString & Chr(&H00)
End If

bString = bString & Chr(&H14) & Chr(&H00)

'Line 6, 16 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H1F) & Chr(&H50) & Chr(&HE0) & Chr(&H4F) & Chr(&HD0) & Chr(&H20) & Chr(&HEA) & Chr(&H3A) & Chr(&H69) & Chr(&H10) & Chr(&HA2) & Chr(&HD8) & Chr(&H08) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H2B) & Chr(&H30)

'Line 7, 16 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H30) & Chr(&H9D) & Chr(&H14) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H2E) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&HDF) & Chr(&HEA) & Chr(&HBD) & Chr(&H65) & Chr(&HC2) & Chr(&HD0) & Chr(&H11) & Chr(&HBC) & Chr(&HED)

'Line 8, 16 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&HA0) & Chr(&HC9) & Chr(&H0A) & Chr(&HB5) & Chr(&H0F) & Chr(&HA4)

'This byte is 00 if the URL is 44 characters or less, 01 if greater.
If urlLength > urlCutoff Then
bString = bString & Chr(&H01)
Else
bString = bString & Chr(&H00)
End If

bString = bString & Chr(&H4C) & Chr(&H50) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H01) & Chr(&H42) & Chr(&H57) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'Line 9, 16 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H10) & Chr(&H00)

'Line 10, 2 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'The next byte represents the length of the site name.
bString = bString & Chr(nameLength)

'Take the site name, and write each letter, preceeded by a "00"
'character.

For ltrIndex = 1 to nameLength
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Mid(siteName, ltrIndex, 1)
Next

'Middle line, separates the Folder Name from the URL. 3 bytes.
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'The next byte represents the length of the site URL.
bString = bString & Chr(urlLength)

'Take the site URL, and write each letter, preceeded by a "00"
'character.
For ltrIndex = 1 to urlLength
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Mid(siteURL, ltrIndex, 1)
Next

'Last line, 13 bytes
bString = bString & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00) & Chr(&H00)

'Let's create the target.lnk file.
Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
aFile = newPath & "\target.lnk"
'aFile = newPath & "\vb.sss"
Set f = fs.OpenTextFile(aFile, ForWriting, True)
f.Write bString
f.Close

End Sub

CreateNetworkFolder "Your URL", "name"
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