How to place same shortcut on desktop for RDS users?


  • We have a Group Policy in force for a Windows 2008R2 Terminal Server in a separate OU. We use our Windows 2012R2 domain Controller for Group Policy Management. The users that login to the Terminal Server only need access to one application and we want to provide them a shortcut to it and/or a pinned program option on the taskbar. We have already cleared their start menus, taskbar, etc.  as part of the lockdown. Right now that shortcut is on the desktop but they could delete it -so I guess inability to do that would also be an option but would rather learn how to provide the shortcut in case we hava another application thye need to use.

    As a side, we would also like to remove the Recycle Bin from their RDS desktop but the option we found in GPMT does not seem to have any affect.

    Thank you!

    Friday, May 22, 2015 12:06 PM


  • GPP shortcut configuration

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:52 PM

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  • Hi Porbar,

    Thanks for posting here, if you depoly the shortcut to the users, then the users would be able to delete the shortcut. It is a expected behavior, because they had the read and write permission on it.

    For the hide the Recycle Bin from RDS desktop you use the GPMC to configure it, please help to check if the gpo got applied. You can run the gpresult/ r to have a check.

    Also you can check the below document for details about how to hide the recycle bin:

    Hope it helps.

    Best Regards,


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    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:07 AM
  • Thanks - do you also have any information on how to deploy the shortcut using Group Policy--I cannot seem to find out how to do that?

    And as far as the Recycle Bin - I was looking for GP method not a Registry method --so can you confirm where the proper setting is in the User/Computer Configuration options for hiding the Recycle Bin?  The rest of the Policy settings are working so I must have the wrong one set.

    • Edited by porbar Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:08 PM
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:05 PM
  • GPP shortcut configuration

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:52 PM