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By Lothar Haeger

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Updated: 13 Apr 2005
 

Would you like to place a shortcut to a linked application folder (that appears in start menu) on the desktop or quick launch bar?

Create a simple app that with the following parameters that shows on the desktop and/or quick launch bar.

Path to Executable:
%*WINDIR%\Explorer.exe

Parameters:
"<appfoldername>.{CF8EF420-3DF3-11d0-AC35-00C04FD9338A}" (ZfD 4, ZENworks 6 Suite)
"<appfoldername>.{763370C4-268E-4308-A60C-D8DA0342BE32}" (ZENworks 6.5 Suite)

Working Directory:
"%*StartMenu%"

With ZENworks 6.5 you will also need to make sure that folders do not open in a separate process, otherwise they will not show any apps. Therefore you should always distribute the following key with your app:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\SeparateProcess=0 (REG_DWORD)

EXAMPLE

AXT_FILE 3.1

[Application Name]
Value=Launch_App_Folder_ZEN65

[Application Caption]
Value=Launch App Folder (ZEN 6.5)

[Macro]
Name=FOLDER_NAME
Value=My Folder

[Application Path]
Value=%*WINDIR%\Explorer.exe

[Application Flags]
Flag=No Distribution Window
Flag=Force Run WS Associated Apps In User Space

[Application Parameters]
Value=%FOLDER_NAME%.{763370C4-268E-4308-A60C-D8DA0342BE32}

[Application Platform]
Flag=Windows NT

[Application Working Directory]
Value=%*StartMenu%

[Filter OS Version]
Type=Windows NT
Major Version=5
Minor Version=0
Revision Version=2195
Build Version=0
Flag=Greater Than or Equal

[Filter File Version]
Major Version=6
Minor Version=5
Revision Version=0
Build Version=0
File=%*ProgramFiles%\Novell\ZENworks\NALDESK.EXE
Flag=Greater Than or Equal

[Registry Key Create]
Flag=Write Always
Key=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software

[Registry Key Create]
Flag=Write Always
Key=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft

[Registry Key Create]
Flag=Write Always
Key=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows

[Registry Key Create]
Flag=Write Always
Key=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

[Registry Key Create]
Flag=Write Always
Key=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

[Registry Key Create]
Flag=Write Always
Key=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

[Registry Value Create]
Type=DWORD
Flag=Write Always
Flag=Distribute Setting Per User
Flag=Always Distribute Setting
Key=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Name=SeparateProcess
Value=0x00000000

[Application Association Flags]
Flag=Desktop
Flag=Quick Launch Bar
Flag=Force Cache


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