Has anyone else seen this behaviour and knows how to control it?  We deliver various shortcuts to users that point to shared folders on servers.  If I create a shortcut by right clicking on the desktop, it works fine.  If I deploy the same shortcut via SCCM, instead of opening the target folder, it prompts to choose a program to run.  It doesn't make any difference if I use a script to create the shortcut or if I simply copy it to the desktop.  If SCCM is delivering it, I get this behaviour.  Grateful for any help on this.

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It almost sound like it is changing the extension of the shourcut.lnk to something unknown.

In vista and win 7 it could be a rights or uac problem with the icon, check the properties of both a send to and a deployed shortcut and see what the differences are.  If you deploy them to public\desktop do they work?

Answered 08/09/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Have you tried deploying the shortcut files with GPOs? Then no matter what computer they user that user will have their shortcuts.
    User Configuration\Preferences\Files
  • havent' tried GPO but will thanks
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Why don't you use a VBScript template which will create a shortcut in ALLUSERS profile and execute it through SCCM

You can use the same template by changing the target and name of the shortcut whenever you want to deliver this type of shortcut to the users..

or else

You can write a VBScript template which will take Shortcut name and target as arguments and create the shortcut..


Answered 08/09/2012 by: jagadeish
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  • VB scripts rules for this process, that was the top answers when searching the web
  • Tried scripting with the same results
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I think using a vb script would be good option as suggested by jagadeish

Let me know if you need the sample script for the same?


Answered 08/11/2012 by: sumitsingh1984
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  • http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/29413-VBScript-Create-desktop-shortcut
  • Tried scripting with the same results
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