deploy desktop short-cuts to windows 7 clients from server 2012 GPO
Posted on 2015-02-01
I am moving a customer from SBS 2003 to Server 2012 (Hyper-V). As part of this I am moving from the 2003 login scripts to GPO. I have been able to successfully setup the drive mappings with GPO and item-level targeting (which incidentally is very cool).
I can't however, get GPO to put a short-cut on a Windows 7 client desktop.
I was wondering if this is a limitation of Windows 7 and Server 2012. There are no Windows 8 clients to check if they work.
What I am trying to do is add a short-cut to the Staff Telephone List (a PDF file) on every user desktop. The short-cut is to a PDF file which is stored in a network drive which all users have at least read & execute access to. The short-cut just does not appear.
I was doing it via login scripts before. I created the short-cut and saved the short-cut in the Netlogon folder. Then added the following line to each users' login script:
xcopy "\\SERVER\NETLOGON\Staff Telephone List.lnk" "%userprofile%\Desktop\" /y
This has worked seamlessly since I first set it up and I have added other short-cuts as needed. I want to use GPO and get rid of the login scripts.
I'm either missing something, or there is an issue with Windows 7 clients and Server 2012.