We have window 2003 servers and XP as client OS , and the whole network runs on a GPO .I have installed a new application server on windows 2008 and created a main shared folder and created sub folders within this folder like chemistry, mathematics etc.... . I have installed applications pointing to the respective folders created within. Then i create a shortcut to the applications on the students desktop folder pointing to the server respective installation folder and the actuall applicatiion shortcut.
I installed the application a couple of days ago and when i tested on that day it was working .I came this morning and thought of checking if it is working .I can see the shortcut and its not recogonising like a actuall shortcut. I have come across with shortcuts only when the actuall application is removed on the server the shortcut will look like that. When i opened the shortcut on the client PC. I get an error dialog box which says.
Problem with shortcut, The drive or network connection that the shorcut 'abc' refers to is unavailable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again. I logged off and logged in again it works now. Something weird is happening.
Is this a best method , pointing the shortcut directly to the application folder on the server or is there a better way of installing applications on the application server and creating shortcuts on clients.
Any ideas appreciated