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I have been re-designing my AD structure and have started to explore GP Preferences in Server 2008, I have configured a policy to create some Desktop shortcuts and they work fine but the icons are the standard windows icon for no program associated such as the one in the top left of the attached image.

I have tried changing the icon index to icons  know exist on both the server and client PC but no change however if I add a file extension to the shortcut name (e.g ERANet.lnk) the icon appears fine.

I'd prefer to not have to name the shortcuts with an extension if I can, any suggestions?
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by:Justin Owens
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The way Windows works requires icons to have extensions to have an associated icon.  I am unaware of a way to make an icon have a "known" icon (of any kind) if you don't assign the icon an extension first.  Image this logic train:

Does file exist? Yes/NoNo --> Do nothing (after all, nothing is there, right?) --> End of logic treeYes--> Determine file type.Is file type known? Yes/NoNo --> Display "Unknown File Type" icon --> End logic treeYes --> Determine Icon to use.

Does file have custom icon?  Yes/No
No --> Use default icon for file type. --> End of logic treeYes --> Use custom icon for file. --> End of logic tree

Granted that would look prettier in a flow chart, but I think you can see my point.  Windows does not even consider using a custom icon unless it knows the file type.

Justin
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by:SectorX4
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I thought I had posted a response to this but obviously not, I do follow your logic and I did some checking on this.


The file is technically already a shortcut (as shown in the properties of the GP Preferences shortcut that was created) but I'm still convinced that it's still the issue with the icon.

I did try to create a shortcut called "ERANet." with the dot at the end and this had better results so I might just use that as a fix.
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I have decided to use a dot at the end of the filename to fix this
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