Deploying a shortcut with zenworks

Hi all,

I am trying to deploy a shortcut with zenworks. Its just a URL shortcut to a website the elementary students use. I first tried deploying it with the shockwave plugin for firefox (as it is needed for that website). It created the shortcut but then when you click on it it just complains about not being associated with any application. I also tried having a simple zenworks application create it itself (under the app properties -> Distribution Options -> Icons and Shortcuts) but the same thing happens. I have tried creating it on the users desktop and in all users desktop. It acts the same. Does anyone have a thought on why this might be? This is deploying to win2k pro.


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Posted by: rpfenninger 15 years ago
Second Degree Green Belt

did I understand you right in that you're trying to deploy a .lnk file (the url shortcut)?
Why don't you just use a web application type of application object, enter the url and distribute it to the appropriate users?
You can even chain that object to the object which installs the shockwave plugin so that every user that tries to open the url automatically gets the plugin installed.

Hope this helps.

Posted by: Petaris 15 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt

Whats a web application object? I am not familiar with that.

Posted by: rpfenninger 15 years ago
Second Degree Green Belt
There are several types of application objects like simple, msi, web (!), terminal server etc.
A web application object is a very simple object. You just enter your URL to create the object and that's it. When a user starts the object, it automatically opens the machines standard browser and gets to that URL.

Posted by: FunWithApps 15 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
I used to use zenworks, but don't have console in front of me anymore, so bear with me :-)

If you want it to stay in the Application launcher you can create a simple application that points to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe (MUST be the executable).

(If you want a shortcut, there is a tab somewhere that you can check "show this shortcut on desktop" as well)

So, what you have is an app that does this:
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" "http://www.appdeploy.com"
(There is a single space in there between app path and URL, and yes, put the quotes).

This is also very handy if you wanted to create something on bootup/login/specified time that forces users to go to a webpage and say, change their passwords or something.

This also works fine as a batch file.

Hope this helps!

Posted by: weezmc 14 years ago
Yellow Belt
Ok honestly the other posters answered this but there's issues I have with them. Typical deployment scenarios involve half a dozen to a dozen url's linking to different web based databases and creating a zen app for each individual web link is kinda stupid on Novell's part. So the way around this is create a folder called desktop and use a zip utility with .exe capabilities. Use the advanced settings to extract the desktop folder to the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\ path under documents and settings in windows and your done. One simple app linked to a self extracting exe zip file instead of a dozen or more seperate novell apps to keep track of. But thats just my 2 cents dealing with local url's HQ url's and CRM url's on every pc deployed.
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