We currently use Redirected Folders for our Start Menus which works well for the most part, however it's quite labour intensive to update at times and for laptops over wirelss the Start Menu can be a little laggy.

We wondered if it's possible to build the shortcutbank programatically using the Shortcuts Wizard.

I've seen that you can create Start Menu items, but there's no way to create folders that I can see.

We structure our Start Menu like....

All Programs
--> Core Programs
-->--> Word 2003
-->--> Excel 2003
-->--> etc...
--> DT Programs
-->--> SolidWorks
-->--> 2D Design

Is this possible or should I stick with redirects or look for another solution?
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You could write a script that uses MD command line options.
Example for XP:

md "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\All Programs\Core Programs"
md "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\All Programs\Core Programs\Word 2003"
md "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\All Programs\Core Programs\Excel 2003"
md "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\All Programs\DT Programs"
md "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\All Programs\DT Programs\Solidworks"

Example for Win7:

md "%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Core Programs"
md "%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Core Programs\Word 2003"
md "%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Core Programs\Excel 2003"
md "%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DT Programs"
md "%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DT Programs"

Alternatively File Synchronization might be a useful option, simply zip up the files, links, and structure you want- then use FS to deploy. I personally like this option, but neither is more correct than the other.
Answered 06/06/2011 by: cblake
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We have a "custom" folder on all out laptops/desktops with some IT related stuff, like Link to Software Portal, VNC stuff, PCBackup scripts etc.

We update thies shortcuts via the login script

Basicly have the same structure on a network share that is copied each time they log on, since it's only .lnk files it is close to no data that is copied and they will always be like the folder structure here:

if exist "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\YourFolderName" rd /s /q "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\YourFolderName" > NUL
xcopy "W:\Div\c\Documents and Settings\Userid\Start Menu\Programs\YourFolderName\*.*" "%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\YourFolderName\*.*" /s /e /h /v /i /r /y /c > NUL

I know it can be done via KACE and if you don't have a share on all sites that is the exact same this might not be the best solution, then I would create it as a script in KACE aswell
I hope you can use it =)
Answered 06/06/2011 by: rmeyer
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I'm just playing around with the File Synchronization to try and achieve this. It seems to be working well apart from one small thing.

I've zipped up my shortcut bank and set it so it extracts to C:\Windows\ICTSupport\ShortcutBanks\
This works fine.

However, if I update the Zip file and add a few new shortcuts and remove a redundant shortcut, the File Sync will add the new ones, but DOESN'T remove the old shortcut.

Is there a way to make the File Sync remove the old folder/copy before it extracts the new one?
Answered 06/14/2011 by: Arcolite
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