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I am looking to create a desktop shortcut to a network drive. We are on a domain, so I am looking to do this via group policy. I would like the shortcut to be placed on the users desktop and be to the network drive of \\server. I am having a hard time getting this to work. Most of the forums I have read through only show how to do \\server\othershare and not just plain \\server. It could be through a script as well, just as long as I can get this to work.

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what is your domain running under? are the DC's 2008? as this can be easily done using group policy preferences – Trozz Nov 10 '10 at 17:13
Yes, we have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain controller. I see the shortcut option in Computer configuration-->Preferences-->Windows Settings-->Shortcuts and then new shortcut, how would I go about the settings under new shortcut properties. In my previous post I do mean double slashes in front of server not just one. Serverfault changed it to one – jake Nov 10 '10 at 17:22

Tested and work this way. on server 2k8 and windows 7 client:

User Configuration->Preferences->Windows Settings->Shortcuts->New

and than the details on photo


for easy finding you can specify a icon for this shortcut, use .ico file

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It might be helpful if you mention where you found this dialogue box you've provided a screenshot of. Also, I inlined your image to be helpful. – Falcon Momot Nov 12 '14 at 9:28
done, anyway where a pictured version of the explanation below – emirjonb Nov 13 '14 at 9:38

Try creating the Shortcut as a Shell Object that points to \\server. Change the Target Type to Shell Object, then go down to Target Object and select Network -> Server.

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