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Replacing a Deleted Desktop Icon

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Posted: 21 Jun 2001

Current Version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

If you've got some excessively tidy or careless users who accidentally delete desktop icons that have been delivered using NAL, don't worry. If you've set things up right, the icon will reappear on their desktops as if by magic without any extra work for you.

The icon on the desktop will be automatically replaced as long as:

  • The Network Administrator has enabled the Timed Refresh Frequency in the users container Launcher Configuration
  • AND
  • The NAL client 'owns' the icon.

Here's how it works.

The Network Administrator creates an application object in NWADMN32.EXE. When associating the app object to the users, the Desktop box is checked. When the NAL.EXE or NALEXPLD.EXE client is launched on the Windows 95/98 or NT/2000 workstation, the NAL client places an icon for the app object on the desktop. Later, the user deletes that app object icon. The next time that the Timed Refresh Frequency is reached, the NAL client will see that one of the icons on the desktop that it 'owns' is missing, and will replace it.

If, on the other hand, the desktop icon was delivered as part of an application install (by running a setup.exe) and then snAppShot was used to create the app object, subsequent distributions of that snAppShot and the associated desktop icon are not 'owned' by the NAL client and therefore a timed refresh will not replace the icon if the user deletes it. In this case, the app object would have to be Verified (right click the app object icon and click Verify) which would re-distribute the icon.

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