Integrating Icons and Start Menu
Novell Cool Solutions: Tip
By Nigel Noble
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Posted: 8 Sep 1999
I noticed that a reader was asking in the "Ask the experts" section: "Can we integrate the App Launcher icons and the Start Menu?"
We've done something that might help answer the question. We have menus stored on a NetWare server in S:%5CMenus (in our case).
We have an environment variable "ZONE" on the WinNT workstation (set by a program we wrote) and a corresponding directory in S:%5CMenus.
Next, we have an NT Computer System policy, which has amongst its entries:
Windows NT Shell/Custom Shared Folders/
Custom Shared Program Folders: S:%5CMenus%5C%_ZONE%%5CStart Menu%5CPrograms
This makes the workstation look for the Start Menu on the network server.
Our shortcuts point to: NAL.EXE /a=".app_name.xx.xx"
The result is that different PCs can have different Start Menus based on the %ZONE% that they're in, and I can alter all the menus from a single location! Talk about Zero Effort!!
We have also added IRFs to certain folders making the menus user-dynamic as well as machine-dynamic.
This doesn't affect the "above the line" program files as these belong to the user. The "below the line" programs are dragged from the NetWare server.
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