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I use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to install images and applications using a Lite-touch installation method. I would like to automatically add the icons to the "superbar" after installation so the users will be more inclined to use the improved task bar, rather than continuing to use desktop icons.

I understand that there is no programmatic access to the task bar to prevent applications from adding themselves to the task bar, filling it with unwanted applications. Is there a way to use MDT, or even GPO to add icons to the task bar, or shall I use a VBS to add the Start menu shortcuts to the task bar?

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Found this script recently appears to work when run locally, I'm new to sccm2007 having problems deploying script from Task Sequence.

' Windows Script Host Sample Script ' ' ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ' Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation ' ' You have a royalty-free right to use, modify, reproduce and distribute ' the Sample Application Files (and/or any modified version) in any way ' you find useful, provided that you agree that Microsoft and the author ' have no warranty, obligations or liability for any Sample Application Files. ' ------------------------------------------------------------------------

'************************************** '* '* File: PinItem.vbs '* Date: 03/04/2009 '* Version: 1.0.2 '* '* Main Function: VBScipt to pin an item to the Start Menu or Taskbar '* '* Usage: cscript PinItem.vbs /item: '* [/taskbar] [/?] '* '* Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation '* '* Revisions: '* '* 1.0.0 - 04/03/2008 - Created. '* 1.0.1 - 03/02/2009 - Used Replace in PinItem function to remove "&" '* from verb. '* 1.0.2 - 03/04/2009 - Script name was PinToStartMenu.vbs. Added '* /taskbar switch to pin items to taskbar on '* Win7. '* '**************************************

'******************************************* '* Declare Variables '*******************************************

Option Explicit 'On Error Resume Next

Dim blnPinned Dim blnTaskbar

Dim i Dim intOpMode

Dim objWshShell Dim objFSO Dim objShell

Dim strPath Dim strArguments Dim strOptionsMessage

' Define constants Const CONST_ERROR = 0 Const CONST_WSCRIPT = 1 Const CONST_CSCRIPT = 2 Const CONST_SHOW_USAGE = 3 Const CONST_PROCEED = 4 Const CONST_STRING_NOT_FOUND = -1 Const CONST_FOR_READING = 1 Const CONST_FOR_WRITING = 2 Const CONST_FOR_APPENDING = 8 Const CONST_Success = 0 Const CONST_Failure = 1

Const TRISTATE_USE_DEFAULT = -2 Const TRISTATE_TRUE = -1 'Open the file as Unicode. Const TRISTATE_FALSE = 0 'Open the file as ASCII.

blnTaskbar = False

'******************************************* '* Create Objects '*******************************************

Set objWshShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

'************************************** '* Check script host exe and parse command line '**************************************

'Get the command line arguments For i = 0 to Wscript.arguments.count - 1 ReDim Preserve arrArguments(i) arrArguments(i) = Wscript.arguments.item(i) Next

'Check whether the script is run using CScript Select Case intChkProgram() Case CONST_CSCRIPT 'Do Nothing Case CONST_WSCRIPT WScript.Echo "Please run this script using CScript." & vbCRLF & _ "This can be achieved by" & vbCRLF & _ "1. Using ""CScript MODIFYUSERS.vbs arguments"" for Windows 95/98 or" & VbCrLf & _ "2. Changing the default Windows Scripting Host setting to CScript" & vbCRLF & _ " using ""CScript //H:CScript //S"" and running the script using" & vbCRLF & _ " ""MODIFYUSERS.vbs arguments"" for Windows NT." WScript.Quit Case Else WScript.Quit End Select

'Parse the command line Err.Clear() intOpMode = intParseCmdLine(arrArguments, strPath, blnTaskbar, strOptionsMessage)

If Err.Number Then Wscript.Echo "Error 0X" & CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) & " occurred in parsing the command line." If Err.Description <> "" Then Wscript.Echo "Error description: " & Err.Description & "." End If 'WScript.quit End If

Select Case intOpMode Case CONST_SHOW_USAGE Call ShowUsage() WScript.quit Case CONST_PROCEED 'Do nothing. Case CONST_ERROR WScript.quit Case Else Wscript.Echo "Error occurred in passing parameters." End Select

'************************************** '* Main Script '**************************************

WScript.Echo strOptionsMessage

blnPinned = PinItem(strPath, blnTaskbar) WScript.Echo "Item pinned: " & CStr(blnPinned)

If blnPinned Then WScript.Quit(0) Else WScript.Quit(1) End If

'************************************** '* '* Function intChkProgram() '* '* Purpose: Determines which program is used to run this script. '* '* Input: None '* '* Returns: intChkProgram is set to one of CONST_ERROR, CONST_WSCRIPT, '* and CONST_CSCRIPT. '* '************************************** Private Function intChkProgram()

ON ERROR RESUME NEXT

Dim i
Dim j
Dim strFullName
Dim strCommand

'strFullName should be something like C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\CSCRIPT.EXE
strFullName = WScript.FullName
If Err.Number then
    Wscript.Echo "Error 0x" & CStr(Hex(Err.Number)) & " occurred."
    If Err.Description <> "" Then
        Wscript.Echo "Error description: " & Err.Description & "."
    End If
    intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
    Exit Function
End If

i = InStr(1, strFullName, ".exe", 1)
If i = 0 Then
    intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
    Exit Function
Else
    j = InStrRev(strFullName, "\", i, 1)
    If j = 0 Then
        intChkProgram =  CONST_ERROR
        Exit Function
    Else
        strCommand = Mid(strFullName, j+1, i-j-1)
        Select Case LCase(strCommand)
            Case "cscript"
                intChkProgram = CONST_CSCRIPT
            Case "wscript"
                intChkProgram = CONST_WSCRIPT
            Case Else       'should never happen
                Wscript.Echo "An unexpected program is used to run this script."
                Wscript.Echo "Only CScript.Exe or WScript.Exe can be used to run this script."
                intChkProgram = CONST_ERROR
        End Select
    End If
End If

End Function

'************************************** '* '* Function intParseCmdLine() '* '* Purpose: Parses the command line. '* '* Input: arrArguments An array containing input from the command line '* '* Input: strPath Path of exe to pin '* strOptionsMessage String containing options selected '* '* Returns: intParseCmdLine is set to one of CONST_ERROR, CONST_SHOW_USAGE, '* and CONST_PROCEED. '* '************************************** Private Function intParseCmdLine(arrArguments, strPath, blnTaskbar, strOptionsMessage)

ON ERROR RESUME NEXT

Dim i
Dim strFlag
Dim strSwitchValue

strFlag = arrArguments(0)
Err.Clear()

'Help is needed
If (strFlag = "") OR (strFlag="help") OR (strFlag="/h") OR (strFlag="\h") OR (strFlag="-h") _
    OR (strFlag = "\?") OR (strFlag = "/?") OR (strFlag = "?") OR (strFlag="h") Then
    intParseCmdLine = CONST_SHOW_USAGE
    Exit Function
End If

strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & ""  & VbCrLf
strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & WScript.ScriptName  & VbCrLf
strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & ""  & VbCrLf
strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Command Line Options:"  & vbCrLf
strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "======================================="  & VbCrLf

For i = 0 to UBound(arrArguments)
    strFlag = Left(arrArguments(i), InStr(1, arrArguments(i), ":")-1)
    If Err.Number Then            'An error occurs if there is no : in the string
        Err.Clear
        Select Case LCase(arrArguments(i))
            Case "/q"
                blnQuiet = True
                strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Supress Console Output: " & blnQuiet & VbCrLf
            Case "/taskbar"
                blnTaskbar = True
                strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Pin to Taskbar instead of Start Menu: " & blnTaskbar & VbCrLf
            Case Else
                Wscript.Echo arrArguments(i) & " is not recognized as a valid input."
                intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                Exit Function
        End Select
    Else
        strSwitchValue = Right(arrArguments(i), Len(arrArguments(i))-(Len(strFlag)+1))
        Select Case LCase(strFlag)
            Case "/item"
                strPath = strSwitchValue
                strOptionsMessage = strOptionsMessage & "Item to pin to Start Menu or Taskbar: " & strPath & VbCrLf
            Case else
                Wscript.Echo "Invalid flag " & strFlag & "."
                Wscript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
                intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
                Exit Function
        End Select
    End If
Next

If (strPath = "") Then
    Wscript.Echo "The /item switch is required"
    Wscript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
    intParseCmdLine = CONST_ERROR
    Exit Function
End If

intParseCmdLine = CONST_PROCEED

End Function

'************************************** '* '* Function PinItem() '* '* Purpose: Pin item to the Start Menu. '* '* Input: strlPath Path of exe to pin '* blnTaskbar Pin item to Taskbar instead of Start Menu if true '* '* Dependencies: objShell Shell.Application object '* objFSO File System object '* '* Returns: True if the shortcut is created, else false '* '************************************** Function PinItem(strlPath, blnTaskbar) On Error Resume Next

Dim colVerbs
Dim itemverb

Dim objFolder
Dim objFolderItem

Dim strFolder
Dim strFile

If objFSO.FileExists(strlPath) Then
    '***** Do nothing, folder exists
Else
    '***** Folder does not exist
    PinItem = False
    WScript.Echo "File to pin does not exist."
    WScript.Echo "Please check the input and try again."
    Exit Function
End If

strFolder = objFSO.GetParentFolderName(strlPath)
strFile = objFSO.GetFileName(strlPath)

WScript.Echo "Folder: " & strFolder
WScript.Echo "File: " & strFile

Err.Clear
Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strFolder)
Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName(strFile)

' ***** InvokeVerb for this does not work on Vista/WS2008
'objFolderItem.InvokeVerb("P&in to Start Menu")

' ***** This code works on Vista/WS2008
Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs

If blnTaskbar Then
    For each itemverb in objFolderItem.verbs
        If Replace(itemverb.name, "&", "") = "Pin to Taskbar" Then itemverb.DoIt
    Next 
Else
    For each itemverb in objFolderItem.verbs
        If Replace(itemverb.name, "&", "") = "Pin to Start Menu" Then itemverb.DoIt
    Next 
End If

If Err.Number = 0 Then
    PinItem = True
Else
    PinItem = False
End If

End Function

'************************************** '* '* Sub ShowUsage() '* '* Purpose: Shows the correct usage to the user. '* '* Input: None '* '* Output: Help messages are displayed on screen. '* '************************************** Sub ShowUsage() WScript.Echo "This script is used to Pin items to the Start Menu or Taskbar." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "Usage: cscript " & WScript.ScriptName & " [options]" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "Options:" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /item: Path of item to pin." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /taskbar (Optional) Pin to Taskbar instead of Start Menu." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo " /? (Optional) Displays this help text." WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "" WScript.Echo "" End Sub

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I assume by VBS you're referring to this post.

The post also mentions the ability to add a max of 3 shortcuts to the 'superbar' via unattend.xml, which you can modify in the Deployment Workbench and DISM.

The other alternative is to create the profile with all the 'superbar' icons set as you want, and make this the default profile. The assumes all the apps you want in the superbar will be installed on the desktop at deployment time, and that you want the same for all users on the machine. It also assumes that the default profile is derived from the one on the machine, and not from another location (a GPO setting). This needs to be done before the capture phase, so it will be deployed to all machines (alternatively, you can deploy the default profile manually during the deployment phase).

We used this method to remove the Windows PowerShell and Server Manager icons that come default on Windows Server 2008 for our Remote Desktop users.

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