Create a shortcut with Group Policy

In this post, we will create a shortcut to an internet address and place it on the desktop for all the users in a Windows  domain.

First, connect to the Domain Controller, and open Group Policy Management. Right click on the domain name, and select Create a GPO in this domain and link it here.

Give it a name and click OK. Then, right click on the newly created GPO and select Edit.

Navigate to User Configuration – Preferences – Windows Settings – Shortcuts and select New Shortcut.

Then, populate the fields to match your requirements: the name of the shortcut, the target type (URL), the location where it will appear on user’s computers, and, if you have a customized icon, the file path for it.

Also, in the Common tab, make sure to select Run in logged-in user’s context.

Click OK, close GPO Management and restart your computer, NOT the domain controller.

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