Creating Desktop short cuts with GPO


OK, some times I hate Windows, there is not consistency, but I suppose if there was we would be out of a job :).

 

OK creating a desktop short cut and publishing via GPO is pretty easy there are loads of articles in Google (technet.microsoft.com) , and the reason you have landed here is because you are getting the following error.

The computer ‘Task Name’ preference item in the ‘Test Policy {BACD99EF-75BF-496E-8FDD-BDC3704DBB1D}’ Group Policy object did not apply because it failed with error code ‘0x80070057 The parameter is incorrect.’ This error was suppressed.)

Below is a screen shot of what the parameters should look like for publishing Word, but it is pretty much the same for any application.

GPO_Shortcut_publish

 

What you need to look out for is two things :-

 

  • The target path should not be encapsulated as you would do in many areas of Windows.
    • e.g. “C:\program files\”  should just be C:\program files
  • Ensure that you enter a start in location, this is the same as the target path excluding the application reference.

 

 

 

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