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IE Favorites GPO Adds Folder but Not Links

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  • Hello,

    I made a group policy to add a folder, containing about 10 links to users'  Internet Explorer favorites.  Under User Configuration --> Policies --> Windows Settings --> Internet Explorer Maintinance --> URS/Favorites and Links.

    All users are getting the folder within their favorites but only some are getting the links within it.

    When  I run gpresult on a computer it shows that the folder and links are applied via GPO but, the links do not show up.  Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Sam

    Friday, April 27, 2012 9:08 PM

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  • Thanks for your help.  I apologize for taking so long to update this.   The FRS log looked good.  I ended up just pushing the links using User Configuration --> Preferences --> Windows Settings --> Shortcuts   which worked.
    • Marked as answer by robot6821 Monday, May 14, 2012 6:24 PM
    Monday, May 14, 2012 6:24 PM

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    > I made a group policy to add a folder, containing about 10 links
    > to users'  Internet Explorer favorites.  Under User Configuration -->
    > Policies --> Windows Settings --> Internet Explorer Maintinance -->
    > URS/Favorites and Links.
     
    Is it "IE Maintenance" or "IE Maintenance (Preference Mode)"? To
    distinguish: if the latter one, there's an "Advanced" node. The
    difference: Preference Mode only gets applied once.
     
    In addition you may check the IE brndlog.txt for any messages about
    processing -
     
    %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\brndlog.txt
     
    regards, Martin
     

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
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    Monday, April 30, 2012 10:19 AM
  • Thanks for the ideas.

    There is no advanced node.  It appears not to be Preference Mode.

     The only differnces between brndlog.txt on a machine where the policy is working and a machine where it is not, are the following lines:

     ===== Working Machine =====

     Refreshing browser settings...
    04/23/2012 10:13:29        Posted update request to the hidden browser window!
    04/23/2012 10:13:29        Posted update request to the hidden browser window!
    04/23/2012 10:13:29        Posted update request to the hidden browser window!
    04/23/2012 10:13:29        Posted update request to the hidden browser window!
    04/23/2012 10:13:29        Broadcasting "Windows settings change" to all top level windows...
    04/23/2012 10:13:29        Done.

    ===== Non-Working Machine =====

    04/30/2012 07:52:05        Refreshing browser settings...
    04/30/2012 07:52:05        Broadcasting "Windows settings change" to all top level windows...
    04/30/2012 07:52:05        Done.

    Monday, April 30, 2012 2:21 PM
  • Please help to check the install.ins file on both computers at %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Custom Settings\Custom0 to see if they are identical. If they are, please on the non-working computer, run "gpupdate /force" and paste the content of %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\brndlog.txt here.

    l love .net

    Tuesday, May 01, 2012 3:31 AM
  • Please help to check the install.ins file on both computers at %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Custom Settings\Custom0 to see if they are identical. If they are, please on the non-working computer, run "gpupdate /force" and paste the content of %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\brndlog.txt here.

    l love .net

    install.ins was the same on both computers So we ran gpupdate /force again.  Now the brndlog.txt file on the failing computer reads as follows:

    05/04/2012 12:32:36        COM initialized on a second attempt with S_FALSE success code!

    05/04/2012 12:32:36    Processing Group Policy...
    05/04/2012 12:32:36    Starting Internet Explorer group policy processing part 1 (copying files) ...
    05/04/2012 12:32:37    Done.

    05/04/2012 12:32:37    ! Error copying files. No further processing will be done.
    05/04/2012 12:32:37    Done processing group policy.

    Friday, May 04, 2012 5:46 PM
  • It looks like some DCs has FRS replication issues for SYSVOL folder. Please check File Replication Service event logs on your domain controllers at the same site with the problematic computer, if there is any FRS log indicates that the replication has stopped or has any issue, please do D2 on the target domain controller to try to recover the replication for SYSVOL, for how to do D2, please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290762 for more details.

    l love .net

    Monday, May 07, 2012 1:21 AM
  • Thanks for your help.  I apologize for taking so long to update this.   The FRS log looked good.  I ended up just pushing the links using User Configuration --> Preferences --> Windows Settings --> Shortcuts   which worked.
    • Marked as answer by robot6821 Monday, May 14, 2012 6:24 PM
    Monday, May 14, 2012 6:24 PM