GPO: Custom ADM to redirect Favorites for Windows XP

Custom ADM template to redirect Favorites for Windows XP workstations. Copy the text below to a notepad file and save with .adm extension. Import the ADM file into your GPO and change the path for your environment.

 

 

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CLASS MACHINE

CLASS USER

    CATEGORY “Custom Policies”

    KEYNAME “Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies”

        POLICY “Favorites”

            PART “Redirect Favorites” EDITTEXT

            KEYNAME “Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders”

            VALUENAME “Favorites”

            DEFAULT “H:\MY DOCUMENTS\Favorites”

            MAXLEN 50

            END PART

        END POLICY

    END CATEGORY

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How to deploy Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Icons by Group Policy

 

Question: How to deploy Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Icons by Group Policy

Answer: Windows 7 taskbar pinned icons are stored in the following locations:

File System:
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Registry:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband]

To deploy it, you can perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Pinned items on a Windows 7 system as a reference computer.
  2. Export Reigstry Key to pinned.reg file:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband]
  3. And copy items in the “%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar” to a shared folder.  

Create a logon script to deploy the registry keys and copy the corresponding files.

More Information
If you want to pin items to the Start Menu, you may refer to the following script:
Pin Items to the Start Menu or Windows 7 Taskbar via Script

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys/archive/2009/04/08/pin-items-to-the-start-menu-or-windows-7-taskbar-via-script.aspx

 

GPP Apply Once and Do Not Reapply

How does the client know if the GPP item is applied?  Match the UID of the FilterRunOnce setting in the XML file of the GPO on sysvol to the UID in the key below.  Delete the one item in question and perform a gpupdate /force for the setting to reapply.
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Group Policy\Client\RunOnce for user settings
  • HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Group Policy\Client\RunOnce for computer settings