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Where does a redirected Start Menu get is defaults from?

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  • Hi All,

    I have a GPO that redirects the start menu to a network share and have the set option for "Create a folder for each user under the root path" which works fine however, I can't work out where it populates the menu from?

    When a new user logs in it creates thier start menu folder structure but only puts Administrative Tools and Startup folders and a shortcut to IE.

    I want to pre-populate the users Start Menu with our company folder structure but can't work out where to create this structure so it is populated.

    I should add that this is in a 2012r2 remote desktop services environment with session based desktops.

    Any pointers?

    Thanks

    Dean

    Saturday, February 14, 2015 9:22 PM

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  • > That's where I would have expected it to be set and have done so however
    > it still doesn't populate the users initial start menu with any of the
    > items in there.
     
    I'm aware that somewhere in the code, there seems to be a hard coded
    list of items to take into account - we had the same issue in the past.
     
    We ended with creating all needed shortcuts individually, so...
     
    > I don't really want to use GPO shortcuts to do it as that is a lot of
    > work to setup when it has to get the default programs list from somewhere.
     
    ...this seems the way to go.
     
    As an alternative, you can create a "Start menu" template folder with
    subfolders and shortcuts as needed, and then copy this template into the
    user's start menu.
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Wednesday, March 04, 2015 11:41 AM

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  • Hi Dean,

    >>I want to pre-populate the users Start Menu with our company folder structure but can't work out where to create this structure so it is populated.

    In Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, the start menu folder is located in "%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows" for individual users, and the shared portion of the menu is located in "%programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu".

    Best regards,

    Frank Shen


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    Monday, February 16, 2015 12:21 PM
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  • Thanks Frank,

    Yes, I know where they are located, that's not my problem... What I want to know is that when a new user logs in and the system creates thier profile, what does it use to determine the initial start menu structure?

    Regards,

    Dean

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:17 AM
  • > Yes, I know where they are located, that's not my problem... What I want
    > to know is that when a new user logs in and the system creates thier
    > profile, what does it use to determine the initial start menu structure?
     
    You might change the default user profile
    (c:\users\default\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu) - or you
    can modify the start menu through Group Policy Preferences Shortcuts
    ("apply once").
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Monday, February 23, 2015 4:42 PM
  • Thanks Martin,

    That's where I would have expected it to be set and have done so however it still doesn't populate the users initial start menu with any of the items in there.

    I don't really want to use GPO shortcuts to do it as that is a lot of work to setup when it has to get the default programs list from somewhere.

    I have checked the same location on all the RD Servers and none of Default user match what is being created there either, or the server that the start menu folders are created on.

    Any other thoughts?

    Dean

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015 6:24 AM
  • > That's where I would have expected it to be set and have done so however
    > it still doesn't populate the users initial start menu with any of the
    > items in there.
     
    I'm aware that somewhere in the code, there seems to be a hard coded
    list of items to take into account - we had the same issue in the past.
     
    We ended with creating all needed shortcuts individually, so...
     
    > I don't really want to use GPO shortcuts to do it as that is a lot of
    > work to setup when it has to get the default programs list from somewhere.
     
    ...this seems the way to go.
     
    As an alternative, you can create a "Start menu" template folder with
    subfolders and shortcuts as needed, and then copy this template into the
    user's start menu.
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Wednesday, March 04, 2015 11:41 AM