Creating a file (with all URLs) on users laptops using group policy

Hi there,
Running server 2008 R2 domain.  With Windows 8 clients.  Want to create a word file with all the company URLs and their purpose so that users can simply click onto the URL to reach there.
How and where can I do this in group policy, easy steps will be helpful.
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAsked:
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
The best method for this would be to deploy Internet explorer favoriates/bookmarks using Group Policy. See the HowTo below.
Deploy Favorites using Group Policy Preferences

Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
Why not simply create shortcuts on their desktops? Use GPO Preferences:

But if you will copy the word file, you can do this wits logon scrip and use this command:

xcopy "%THISDIR%document.doc" "%PROFILESFOLDER%\all users\desktop"
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
Thanks Will,
I need to explain the purpose of the URL, right in front of it so creating a word document will be a better idea.  By creating simple bookmarks my users will still be lost.  Need help

I am assuming one shortcut for one URL, correct? I have around 14 URLs to offer them with explaining on each.
The script will create a word file, I need to write in it first and then deploy to each desktop.  Need help
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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
Yes. You have to create a word file first and then copy the file via gpo logon script.

With prferences you have to create 14 seperet shortcuts.
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
I will try it tomorrow in office and let you know.  Thanks
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
So I put my word file on my DC under C drive.  Make this script as '.bat' file
1)Tried by putting this line into the sysvol\scripts folder and respective script
xcopy "%systemdrive%\URLs.docx" "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" luck

2)under GPO used the same script with logon on script, no luck.

File is there on my DC under C.  Not sure how can I make this file appear on all users desktop.
Need help
Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
The file must be on a share like:

xcopy "\\servername\copyfrom\work.doc" "%userprofile%\desktop"
Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
My mistake. Try so:

@echo off
if exist "%userprofile%\desktop\Teamviewer.exe" goto end
xcopy \\Server1\sysvol\bart.scripts\ %userprofile%\desktop

I have beter solution. If you have 2008R2 then you have GPO preference. Do it so:

amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
It is not working
Under preferences I am using:

source     \\vs1\URLLinks$\URLLinks.docx    .......this works fine

destination     %userprofile%\Desktop\URLLinks.docx fine for that particular logged in user
for me %desktopdir% fetched some weared path.  
Not sure what and where the change is required.  Need help
Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
O, i am sorry i mistype.

Source: \\share\word.doc
Destination: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Word.doc

gpupdate /force

I just tested it and it works
Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
You can then configure a target who will receive the policy.
For example a security group or specific user.

amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
Hi Ben,
There is something missing.  It does not work.  Do I need to create a folder on each users desktop first?
I am using:
source     \\vs1\URLLinks$\URLLinks.docx    .......this works fine

 destination     %userprofile%\Desktop\URLLinks.docx fine for that particular logged in user

Need help plz
Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
No, you do not need to create a folder first.

This is my setting


This setting copy file from share (users must have read permitions) to users OU. Link GP to OU where your users are!

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amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
I can only create a folder like this:
Action: create
path: %CommonDesktopDir%\Hello

I Cannot create a simple file with:
Action: Create   <<<<.........I tried update etc
source: \\vs1\URLLink\test.txt   <<<<<....I tried with the IP as well no luck
dest: %CommonDesktopDir%\test.txt

The client computer can easily access the source path and open the file, not sure what is going on.  
Creating a folder is no problem but cannot create a file.  Need help
amanzoorNetwork infrastructure AdminAuthor Commented:
I was able to create  file
 Action: Create  
 source: \\vs1\URLLink\test.txt
 dest: %CommonDesktopDir%\test.txt
Under Common, Select Run in logged in security context....................wallah
Thanks for your timely support.
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