Create RIP to Add Icons
I find that I can do this logged in as pcadmin or sysop/admin user. I find
sysop/admin works better when working with server program shortcuts as the
mappings are not there when in as pcadmins.
TIP: on my tech station I create a B: map to the
express folder to made things easier to access those folders including Images
need to Create Shortcuts.
Go to Windows Explorer (TIP - use keys: +E)
Open Local Disk C: and go to documents and settings, All Users then into Desktop Backup
Shortcuts can either be local off your server or to
Open a second Windows Explorer (keep both showing on desktop) and go to Local Apps W:
Find the exe or file that runs the program. Right click and drag it to the All Users / Desktop Backup Folder
When you release the menu gives options, use Create shortcuts here. That file may not be the icon you
want. If there is an ico file there to use, right click on the new shortcut,
go to Properties and use the Change Icon button to browse to and select
that icon. See later if you want to
use another icon file or create your own.
shortcut in the normal way. Right
click in the blank area of the All Users Desktop Backup, from the menu select
New then shortcut. In the box you
enter the web address.
BEST PRACTICE TIP – go to that site to be sure it works, copy the
address and paste it in the shortcut box. This prevents typing errors and verifies the site is working.
Then give it a label name, Example: url http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/ named White House Kids.
However you will be stuck with the default
Internet shortcut icon. You will want
a more representative icon.
One great FREE source is http://www.iconarchive.com/ - when
saving also save the gif picture, useful when using to create documentation
or email about the new shortcuts.
You can also create your own icons. I
like to use IrfanView to capture images and
it saves/converts to icon files.
Either way I will save these files to an icon folder on the local hard drive
I create it in the program files folder. Do not save to windows
system folder as it is named different in different OS versions and there
will not be able to find the icon file.
These icon RIPs can be made to be cross Windows versions.
Use this folder (like mine in Program files) to browse to when
changing icons as described previously.
Once you have made your link and icon assignment, you
should copy the shortcut to the All Users –
TIP: If you want to
create a temporary shortcut, just create it in the All Users – Desktop folder
only – not in Backup. Then the Fixicon.bat file or a re-login will erase it.
CREATE the RIP
Now copy the RInstall folder from the server Express to your to local hard drive. This allows for easier access and on the
local drive faster processing as eliminates network traffic.
When it asks “What do you want to do?”, check the second box “Proceed to Editor”
Using the RapidInstall Editor
File - New – save
as requestor pops up
Create a file name for the RIP.
Example Internet shortcut “White House for Kids”
If working on the local drive remember to copy to the
express\school folder after finishing ALL steps.
Keep the RapidInstall window open and resize the Desktop Backup folder to be side by side.
Right click on the White House Kids shortcut and drag it
to the blank area of the Drives part
of the RapidInstall window.
Repeat for the All Users –
BE SURE TO DRAG to empty
area of the Drive window.
Then you need to get the icon file copied over.
Go to the hard drive where you saved the file
I use c:\program
files\icons, and drag the same way.
Result should look like figure to left.
Now need to make
the RIP setting to work perfectly.
In RapidInstall go to Edit then RIP Options
Under File Options check the first choice
Run Option – Run without
Since we are just copying files and
shortcuts that are not dependant on the operating system we can make a
Click the Install Conditions tab and check BOTH Windows 2000 and XP
Save your new RIP.
Be sure to copy to
your schools express/images/school folder so Altiris can access for a job.
This same process
can be used to copy files to hard drives and to remove icons.