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Cannot create shortcut to FTP Home Directory in Windows Server 2008, IE8?

Posted on 2011-02-24
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We've just spun up our first server with Windows Server 2008 R2.  

We have a need to access three external FTP sites frequently (humans perform this task and basically need to browse the external FTP directories to verify files exist, are properly named etc. etc.)  Yes, we know we could wrap code around this, but for now we actually want humans to look at it please.

We were able to easily open these sites with IE 8 and create desktop shortcuts to takes us right to the folder we wanted to look at except for in once case...

On two of the sites we're browsing data that lives in a subfolder.  Once that subfolder was opened in IE8 (Folder View), we were able to simply "drag" the address off onto the desktop and viola! nice easy shortcuts to takes us right there, no problem.

However on the third site, the data we're interested in browsing lives in the home directory.  And for some reason when you navigate to the home directory the icon in the address bar changes from simply a folder to a folder with a globe in the upper right corner and IE will not allow us to drag this icon onto the desktop thereby making a shortcut to it.

Instead we're forced to create our shortcut one level deeper than we need to be and then "backup" a level instead of just landing where we want to be.

Does anyone know why this is the case?  Or better yet, can you tell me how to create a desktop shortcut to the FTP home directory?
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Try this:
Start
Computer
Right click in white space on right
Add network location
Choose a custom network location
Enter the address as it shows when you are accessing i.e. ftp://ftp.server.com or ftp://ftp.user@ftp.server.com
give it a name and finish wizard.
It will show up in Computer now, and you can put a shortcut to it whereever you like, i.e. desktop.
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Worked like a charm!  Thanks a million!
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