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I would like to pin several icons to the taskbar for all the users remoting into the terminal server. I have found many sites that say the same thing...
"------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
In the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

In the hidden TaskBar folder:
C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"

I have exported the taskband registry entry and used http://www.runecasters.com.au/reg2gpp-upload to convert it to HTML.
I then open my group policy that I know works and has pushed other policies out to users. I computer configuration > preferences > window settings > registry and drag and drop my xml I created from above registry entry.

I have placed my coppied pinned shortcuts to a folder that i have access and have gone to the gpo files... computer configuration > preferences > windows settings > files.
Did new > file > action update, sources = c:\sharedfolder\taskbaricons\*, destination folder = %appdata%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar.

I can see the copied files in the users %appdata%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar that I have copied, but there are no icons on the taskbar itself other than powershell and windows explorer folder.

I have tried creating new users to test to see if this works each time I try, but no luck.
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The taskbar is per user. You are adding these settings to the computer section of the group policy, so they are having no effect. You need to add these settings to the user section, and if you only want them to apply to the terminal server, use loopback processing.
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That seems to have fixed the problem... weird I'm getting different icons on the taskbar then what I was trying to set... I will re-export the registry and convert and put that in the gpo = user configuration > preferences > windows settings > registry.
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It is only giving me server manager and IE added to the taskbar. servermanager does not work because the shortcut is not in the appdata folder. IE is supposed to be there along with word, excel, and outlook.
I took the export of hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\windows\curretnversion\explorer\taskband from a new user i just setup... exported the taskband key. Any clue why i might not be getting the right icons?

SHOULD I be actually exporting it from...
hkey_users\SID#\software\microsoft\windows\curretnversion\explorer\taskband ???
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Either one will work as long as you are doing the conversation right. I'm guessing you have another issue in your process of exporting.
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Not sure if this helps but here are 2 files... the reg file and the converted file.

 http://www.runecasters.com.au/reg2gpp
is the website im using to convert it.
PinTaskBarNewUser.reg
PinTaskBarNewUser.xml
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