42- Create Application Catalog Internet Explorer Shorcut on User Desktop

As title explains itself, I needed to create a desktop shortcut that will open Application Catalog in Internet Explorer. I also use a custom icon for my shortcut. Many of my users uses chrome as their default browser. Therefore, I also need to make sure that shorcut opens with Interneet Explorer.

Create a GPO in the following tree

User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Shortcuts

 

Action: Create

Name: NameoftheShortcut 

Target Type: File System Object

Location: Desktop

Target Path: %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

Arguements: http://siteserver.local/CMApplicationCatalog

Start In: (BLANK)

Shortcut Key: None

Run: Normal Window

Comment: N/A

Icon file path: %WinDir%\appcatalog.ico (I will use a custom icon for the shortcut that's why I enter the path, otherwise leave it blank)

Icon Index: 0

 

Click Common tab, make sure you select "Run in logged-on user's security context"

 

Next step is to create a GPO that copies icon file to client computers

User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Files

 

Click Common tab, make sure you select "Run in logged-on user's security context"

 

 

The shortcut configuration is done but I also want my users NOT to enter the domain username and password everytime they access to the application catalog. Make sure you choose "No" for the option "Add default Apllication Catalog website to Internet Explorer tursted zone".

We have to do that because adding AppCatalog website to Trusted zone would remove AppCatalog website from Local Intranet Zone. It has to be either in Trusted Zone or Local Intranet Zone. We want to specify App Catalog website in Local Intranet Zone, that's why we select No in Client settings.

 

 

 

 Now let's create the GPO for local intranet zone

Users->Policies->Administrative templates->Windows components->Internet explorer->Internet control panel->Security page->Select 'Site to zone assignment list'. Enable it and click 'Enter zone assignments here.

1 Intranet Zone

2 Trusted Sites zone

3 Internet zone

4 Restricted Sites zone 

 

 

 

 

 

 Add *.yourdomain.local and enter the value

 

 

 

After compueter get new policies, here is my shortcut on the desktop for Application Catalog and it is not asking  user credentials, anymore.

 

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