I was wondering if it is possible to have a MSI create shortcuts which point to a network resource?

And if it is possible, do the executables which the shortcuts point to have to exist in some form in the MSI?

The situation I find myself in is that I am creating shortcuts for another network (which I do not have access to), however I can duplicate it by creating the folder structure on one of the servers on our lan.

Is this a MSI 'no-no' ?

Otherwise I will use custom action scripts (vbscript).

Thanks for your consideration!

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Answered 11/13/2007 by: AngelD
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I have had to do this quite a few times and what I end up doing is mapping a drive to the network resource, creating a shortcut to the resource then once I have the shortcut file *.LNK I create a batch file which calls my MSI and afterwards using XCOPY copies the shortcut to the location I want i.e ALL USERS/Start Menu/Programs

Has worked well for me if you don't mind calling your MSI via a batch file which in most cases works great.
Answered 11/14/2007 by: Coriolus
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This is how we did that. (long time ago) Ok, here it is:
You need a folder to add the lnk to on C:, so maybe something like C:\Program Files\Shortcuts or something like that.
I.e. You need to create a shortcut to:

1.make a folder to act like a network share and share this folder.
Create a folder named test in C:\ and share this folder.
2. Then connect the correct drive letter to this share.My machine name is workstation:
Drive letter X: connect to \\workstation\test
3. Go to X:\ and create the folder Data
4. To fake the main executable there are more options.
- copy an existing executable and rename it to the correct filename.
- create an empty text document and rename it.
5. go to the C:\program files\shortcuts folder (in this case) and create the shortcut.
6. Check the properties of the shortcut and modify if necessarry.
7. Add the folder C:\program files\shortcuts to wise
8. Create 'advertised' shortcut in wise.
9. Save, test.

Just to give you an idea.

Answered 11/14/2007 by: gizsha
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jeeee, what's up with these fonts.
Answered 11/14/2007 by: gizsha
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