I have spent the last few days trying to work out a technique to do something very simple:
Remove a Desktop and a Start Menu shortcut for a period of time, and then have it return.
Remove the desktop and start menu Icons, that are at present deployed via GP, while I do a software update from 08:00 to 08:30
It must be reliable as it is in a healthcare environment where medical staff will need to access patient records reliably by restoring the shortcuts after the update, so I can't expect them to just run GPUpdate to get their shortcuts back.
What I have found so far
- It works as long as I do a gpudpate on the client machine.
- If a machine is offline and a user powers it on and logs in at 08:03 the shortcuts are present circumventing (it could be timing, i.e. do I need to allow time for the full GP+targeting criteria to be deployed to all clients?)
- It works on it's own but the timing but the dpearture and arrival of the shtrcuts can vary a fair bit.
I can only assume I am making the same mistake using targeting to achieve this.
NOT between 08:00 and 08:30
I have tried the same techniques on Server 2008R2, SBS2011, Server 2012+R2, Server 2016. Can someone put me out of my misery with a suggestion or prove it can't be done.
It was something I was able to do ironically in NT4/2000 GP deployments back in the days, but am struggling to come up with a technique now