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February, 2014

  • Adding shortcuts on desktop using Group Policy Preferences in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

    Hi All!

    My name is Saurabh Koshta and I am with the Core Team at Microsoft. Currently I work in the client space so supporting all aspects of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is my primary role.

    We very often get calls from customers who are evaluating Windows 8/Windows 8.1 for deployment, but are concerned about some of the changes in the UI that may confuse their users. A typical concern we hear is that users are used to having shortcuts on the desktop for Computer, Documents, and Network. So, I wanted to take a minute to show you how you can easily add those shortcuts (or others) to desktops using Group Policy Preferences.

    I have an OU in my domain called “Domain Computers”, which has Windows 8 machines.

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    The next step is to create a policy and link in to the “Domain Computers” OU. In this case it is called “Shortcut”

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    Edit the policy and go to the following location:

    Computer Configuration -- > Preferences -- > Windows Settings -- > Shortcuts

    Highlight Shortcuts and on the right pane, right click and select new Shortcut

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    In the ‘New Shortcut Properties’, make the following changes so the values look like below:

    1. Action : Update

    2. Target type : Shell Object

    3. Location : All Users Desktop

    4. For Target object, click on the browse option and then chose ‘Computer’

    5. Name : My Computer

    Leave rest of the options as default. Once you have made all the changes, it would look like below:

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    Similarly for Network the options are:

    1. Action : Update

    2. Target type : Shell Object

    3. Location : All Users Desktop

    4. For Target object, click on the browse option and then chose ‘Network’

    5. Name : My Network Places

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    And for Libraries the options are:

    1. Action : Update

    2. Target type : Shell Object

    3. Location : All Users Desktop

    4. For Target object, click on the browse option and then chose ‘Libraries’

    5. Name : My Documents

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    So we have the following three shortcuts

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    Restart the client and once logged in with a domain user, the desktop would have the three shortcuts as listed above and it would look something like below:

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    The above steps also work with Windows 8.1. Here is how it looks:

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    Hope you all find this information useful.

    Thanks,

    Saurabh Koshta

  • Our UK Windows Directory Services Escalation Team is Hiring – Support Escalation Engineers.

    Hi! Its Linda Taylor here again from the Directory Services Escalation team in the UK. In this post, I want to tell you – We are hiring in the UK!!

    Would you like to join the UK Escalation Team and work on the most technically challenging and interesting Active Directory problems? Do you want to be the next “Ned Pyle”?

    Then read more…

    We are an Escalation Team based in Microsoft Campus in Reading (UK). We are part of Microsoft Global Business Support and we work with enterprise customers helping them resolve the most critical Active Directory infrastructure problems as well as enabling our customers to get the best of Microsoft Windows and Identity related technologies. The work we do is no ordinary support – we work with a huge variety of customer environments and there are rarely two problems which are the same. We are the experts in our field and we work closely with the product group to help make Windows and all our other technologies better. 

    You will need strong AD knowledge, great customer services skill, strong troubleshooting skills and great collaboration and team work.

    You can find more of the job details here:

    https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=1&jid=130665&jlang=EN&pp=SS

    Linda.