Creating Shortcuts for SCCM Packages

Some applications don’t have proper ‘installers’. Also, some applications with no silent install option work fine if the folder contents are simply copied to another system. When packages are created in this manner, it’s necessary to create start menu shortcuts and register file extensions manually. This post provides scripts to do so.

Creating Shortcuts

The following is a Powershell script created with the help of Nick Ciereck @ win1337ist. To use it, modify lines 36 and 41-44. Sorry that it’s so crude; this is essentially a working draft. I’ll post version 2 when it’s ready.

#This script sets up the CrystalMaker shortcuts in the 'all users' start menu.

Function Read-EnvVariable($varName)
		$varName = "ProgramData"
		#This function reads any environment variable passed by "varName" and returns it.
		$oVariable = gci env: | where {$_.Name -eq $varName}
		$strValue = $oVariable.Value

		$retval = $strValue
		Return $retval

Function Create-Shortcut($pathToExe,$destinationPath,$iconPath)

		If($iconPath -eq $null)
			{$iconPath = ($pathToExe + ",0")}

		$shell = New-Object -ComObject ("WScript.Shell")
		$shortcut = $shell.CreateShortcut($destinationPath)
		$shortcut.TargetPath = $pathToExe
		$shortcut.IconLocation = $iconPath

		##close shell somehow

#declare the shortcut entries collection
$aShortcutEntries = @()

##get some variables needed
$programDataPath = Read-EnvVariable "ProgramData"
$ChemistryAppsPath = ($programDataPath + "\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Chemistry Applications\")

#declare specific shortcut entries
$shortcutEntry = New-Object System.Object
$shortcutEntry | Add-Member -type NoteProperty -name PathToExe -value "C:\Program Files (x86)\OSU Chemistry\Chemistry Video Player\VideoPlayer.exe"
$shortcutEntry | Add-Member -type NoteProperty -name Name -value "Chemistry Video Player.lnk"
$shortcutEntry | Add-Member -type NoteProperty -name destinationPath -value ($ChemistryAppsPath + $shortcutEntry.Name)
$shortcutEntry | Add-Member -type NoteProperty -name iconPath -value "C:\Program Files (x86)\OSU Chemistry\Chemistry Video Player\video.ico"
$aShortcutEntries += $shortcutEntry
$shortcutEntry = $null

#make the target directory if needed
if( (Test-path $ChemistryAppsPath) -eq $false )
		New-Item $ChemistryAppsPath -type directory

#make the shortcuts
$aShortcutEntries | % {
	$pathToExe = $_.PathToExe
	$destinationPath = $_.destinationPath
	$iconPath = $_.IconPath

	##example: Create-Shortcut "C:\g09w\gview.exe" ($programDataPath + "\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Chemistry Applications\GaussView.lnk")
	Create-Shortcut $pathToExe $destinationPath $iconPath

Creating File Extensions

Creating file extensions in a batch file is easy.
For each file type run the following command:

  • assoc .<extension1>=<programName>Document
  • assoc .<extension2>=<programName>Document
  • assoc .<extension3>=<programName>Document

Next, run the following command to tie all the extensions together:

  • ftype <programName>Document=”<pathToEXE>” “%1”

If you’re putting this in a batch file, remember to escape the percent sign with a second percent sign. Here is an example of a complete batch script:

REM Associations
assoc .dsf=DiamondDocument
assoc .diamdoc=DiamondDocument
assoc .ds1=DiamondDocument
ftype DiamondDocument="C:\Program Files (x86)\Diamond 3\Diamond.exe" "%%1"

I hope this helps someone. Thanks! John


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