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How to remove the “Internal Web Site” link from the user’s desktops in SBS 2011

If you’re not using the SharePoint site in your SBS network, there’s no need to clutter up the desktop with links to the Internal site. Here’s how you can remove this little annoyance:

  1. Open the Group Policy Management console and navigate to Group Policy Objects – Windows SBS User Policy. Go to the Details tab and make note of the Unique ID. (Should look like {767E4A4B-9CA6-40A2-BE97-2E52F0B7FDD9} )
  2. Open Explorer and navigate to %windir%\sysvol\sysvol\%userdnsdomain%\Policies and from there into the folder corresponding to the ID you found previously.

  3. In that folder, navigate on to User\SBS\ and then open GP.xml in your favorite editor (as Administrator, of course.)

  4. Comment out both lines that start with “<ShortCutLink” by surrounding them
    with “<!--“ and  “–>” , then save the file. This stops the GPO from reproducing the shortcuts on the desktop and adding them to favorites.

  5. Add the following line to your login script:
    DEL “%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Internal Web site.lnk”
    This deletes it from the desktop at login.

Thank you, Microsoft, for making something that should be very easy annoyingly difficult.

2 replies to “How to remove the “Internal Web Site” link from the user’s desktops in SBS 2011”

  1. george Says:

    Um, right-click edit the GPO….

  2. The Cyberwolfe Says:

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