Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Windows 7: Offer Remote Assistance

In Windows 7 create a shortcut to:

%windir%\system32\msra.exe /offerra


Thanks KZ for finding this

ManageSoft Distribution Error "Unavailable"

After distributing a new package to a distribution server and you check to confirm it was successfully, you find the package sitting in the "Unavailable" column with the message "Access Denied".
To resolve, this RDP to the distribution server, Logon, and open "Services" applet, now Stop & Start the "ManageSoft Connection Agent".

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

How to deploy Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Icons by Group Policy

Windows 7 Taskbar pinned icons are stored in the following locations:

File System:
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\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 Registry Key to pinned.reg file:


And copy items in the "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar" to a shared folder.

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

Please note that the “%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned” folder is only created after a user has pinned an icon to the taskbar. In the logon script, you will need to create the “%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar” folder if it does not exist.

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