Desktop Shortcuts for Non-MSI / Non-GPO Based Installers

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Synaptic, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Synaptic

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    Hi Everybody,

    I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post in, but it will probably get
    the best exposure because it's about a couple of server technologies.

    I was using a Small Business Server 2003 installation the other day and
    noticed that there is an ability to put shortucts to 'setup.exe' and other
    goodies on the desktops deployed with SBS but which aren't MSI based (i.e.
    Assigned GPO installs)

    I have Server 2003 Standard Edition and I'd like to know whether I can do
    the same thing with (how I presume the SBS does it) through some sort of GPO.
    What seems to be the case is that when you have installed the software
    through the shortcut from the SBS machine, the icon disappears and doesn't
    show on reboot. I know that I could make a GPO which deploys the shortcut
    with the basic 'copy' function of the shortcut from the server to the
    desktop, but it would mean about 5 different new icons on the desktops of my
    users on every reboot and gpupdate.

    I know that I could use the add/remove programs function with a zap file
    with options, but the users that I have aren't happy with going to Add/Remove
    programs when the machines are reinstalled every so often, and I'd like to
    know whether this SBS function is a kind of 'special feature' that is taken
    from SMS or whether I can do it on my Server.

    I've already looked at making a zap shortcut which runs a bat file, which
    copies the shortcuts from the one install, but alas it still involves the
    users in opening the zap installer.
    Synaptic, Aug 25, 2006
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