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How to update Windows Explorer Favorites in GP?

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  • Hi,

    Running Windows Server 2008 R2 domain.  I just migrated my file server to a new Windows 2008 R2 server.  I managed to change the drive mappings to reflect the new server but I noticed that in Windows Explorer, in the Navigation pane there is a Favorites section.  The old file server name is still listed in these favorites. 

    It looks like the shortcuts are going to the correct location but the name still shows the old server name.  How can I update the name to reflect the new server?  If I change the name in the properties of the shortcut in the group policy management editor it creates a new shortcut in Favorites but leaves the old one there. 

    Any thoughts on how to fix this?

    Thanks,

    Linn

    Monday, June 15, 2015 1:55 PM

Answers

  • > I am trying to use Group Policy Preferences to modify the contents, I
    > would expect this would make the modifications safely as opposed to
    > manually changing things in the Links folder.
     
    What's the difference between GPP and manual change? Correct - GPP is
    the automated way, but technically the same things happen.
     
    Depending on what you want to achieve, simply delete/create shortcuts as
    required :)
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:33 AM

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  • Hi Linn,

    There's something thing I need to clarify, the links and the old server name you stored in the Favorites they have nothing to do with the driver mapping.

    The old server name you can see is stored under the profile just as a record so it would not change automaticly if you changed the driver map.

    But I'm a bit confused about the shorcut you mentiond, is it a server folder path or anything else? Would you please give us some more information?

    Looking farward to your feedback.

    Best Regards,

    Elaine


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    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9:25 AM
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  • I'm sorry for the confusion.  Let me put it this way and see if this helps.

    When I open Windows Explorer I see on the left hand side of the window an area Microsoft calls the Navigation Pane.  Inside the Navigation Pane is a section that is turned on by default (I believe) called Favorites.

    In Group Policies I have setup a couple shortcuts under User Configuration | Preferences | Windows Settings.

    I now want to change those shortcuts.  When the user opens Windows Explorer (WE) and looks at the Favorites they see an entry that reads "Public (old-file-server)(P)". When they click on that Favorite WE opens the share on the new file server, which is good.  However, I would like to change it so that the shortcut in Favorites reads "Public (new-file-server)(P)".  So far I have been unable to figure this out.

    What I have figured out is that if I change the GP policy Action to Replace I can get it to replace the Favorite shortcut on a new user profile but not existing profiles on a computer.  I'm a little closer I guess but still puzzled.

    Any thoughts on how to update existing profiles on computers?

    Thanks,

    Linn

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:01 PM
  • > When I open Windows Explorer I see on the left hand side of the window
    > an area Microsoft calls the Navigation Pane.  Inside the Navigation Pane
    > is a section that is turned on by default (I believe) called Favorites.
     
    Yes, it is called "Favorites", but the file system folder is
    %userprofile%\Links
     
    This folder contains the shortcuts you want to change. And be aware that
    what you see is not what is there - this folder uses the desktop.ini
    mechanism heavily.
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:06 PM
  • Hi Martin,

    I am trying to use Group Policy Preferences to modify the contents, I would expect this would make the modifications safely as opposed to manually changing things in the Links folder.  Or am I wrong about that?

    Thanks,

    Linn

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:59 PM
  • > I am trying to use Group Policy Preferences to modify the contents, I
    > would expect this would make the modifications safely as opposed to
    > manually changing things in the Links folder.
     
    What's the difference between GPP and manual change? Correct - GPP is
    the automated way, but technically the same things happen.
     
    Depending on what you want to achieve, simply delete/create shortcuts as
    required :)
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:33 AM
  • Oh, the difference is I have a company full of users who need this update.  They don't have the computer knowledge to manually do it on their own and I don't have the time to visit everyone's computers.  Especially since many of my users share computers.  I was under the impression that using GPP would be the most efficient and effective way to manage my desktops.  But perhaps not?

    Linn

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 4:51 PM
  • > impression that using GPP would be the most efficient and effective way
    > to manage my desktops.  But perhaps not?
     
    Yes it is. I fail to understand your issue - as I mentioned, simply
    create/delete shortcuts to your requirement through GPP...
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 7:53 AM