Scripting Question

Desktop Shortcuts Wizard ( enforece url onto user's desktop )

10/29/2019 394 views

Hello Kace ITninja

I appreciate if you could guide me with what information I need to enter into the fields when runnning the Kace desktop shortcut wizard.  I followed the k1000_AG.Pdf  on page 181 titled "Desktop Shortcuts Wizard"  directions.

It successfully pushed a genric IE icon to the user's Windows 7 professional desktop but when I click on the shortcut it fails to open the url, which is a google form. These computers are using Internet Explorer 10 version 10.0.9200.17414

What information should I enter into the following fields when using Internet explorer 



working directory

 also want to change this icon to a custom icon.


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  • Hi Ondrar
    Thanks for the quick response, in addition to this solution do
    You know of a way to use the shortcut wizard to perform the same task.

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I push shortcuts by:

1- Get shortcut working on tech machine

2- Zip shortcut

3- create script and use .zip file containing shortcut as dependency

launch a program:

directory: $(KACE_SYS_DIR)


Parameters: /c xcopy $(KACE_DEPENDENCY_DIR)\*.lnk c:\users\public\desktop /q /y

Answered 10/30/2019 by: SMal.tmcc
Red Belt

  • Hello IT Ninja's I tried this solution and it failed to place shortcut on the user's desktop even though Kace showed success. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to upload dependencys for this to work. For example do I need to add zip program to unzip the shortcut and do I need to cmd.exe and xcopy command so Kace can run thoes commands.
    Is there an easier solution by using the built in kace desktop short cut . I tried that but can't figure out the target and parameters and working directory enteeries. ( good news is I got the short cut on the user's desk but its blank no link
    Launch a program...
    Wait for completion
    -location="Desktop" -name="2nd kanban shortcut" -target="C:\ProgramData\Mic"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application"https://forms.gle/6VHHNRTtHSHtXFK59" -args="" -startin=""

To use a different icon, you have to do it a different, more roundabout way.  Read all the directions before doing this.

These are similar to SMal.tmcc's instructions, but with another step for the icon.

First, create a shortcut to Internet Explorer.  Now, in order to launch a URL from a .lnk shortcut (note that we're not using a .url shortcut - you can't customize the icon on a .url shortcut), you have to enter it after the path to IE, so the Target would look like this:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.google.com/


At the bottom of this window, you'll notice there's a Change Icon button.  Click that.

Browse to your icon file and select it.  Your shortcut now knows to use that icon.

However, you need a place to put the icon on the end user's computer because the shortcut does not store the icon, it only references it, and it's a hard reference.  Let's use C:\Temp as an example.

Put your icon in C:\Temp, and NOW go to the Properties of the shortcut and click Change Icon, pointing it to the file in C:\Temp.

Bundle both of those up into a .zip file.  This will be what you distribute.

Now create a script with that .zip file as a dependency.  Unzip it to C:\Temp, then have another command to move the shortcut to the desktop.  

Hope this helps!

Answered 10/30/2019 by: ondrar
Black Belt