Restoring the Windows Security button to a 2012 server

Previously I’d made notes on how to do this on a single server
Adding the Windows Security button to 2012

The problem is that this was per server so not really scalable.   No problem you should be able to use GPO.   Create a file share and just deliver the shortcut to all your servers.  But what about the appsFolder.itemdata-ms file.  Hmm try as I might I couldn’t get this to work.  So I came up with a work around.

I deliver the shortcut to a folder on all the servers and then create a shortcut and point the shortcut at the short cut.  Seems to work for me.

If you’d like me to post the full details of how I did this just let me know.  I’ll be posting about how to stop people accidently shutting down your server as happens way too often ( once is too often in any production environment ) and this also includes using this method for delivering a shortcut to a script.


Adding the Windows Security shortcut to a 2012 server start menu

MS appear to have removed the Windows Security Shortcut from an RDP session so if you want to press CTRL+ALT+DEL you are stuck.  OK so not entirely true and before I get loads of comments about the shortcut CTRL+ALT+END this only works on the first RDP connection, by that I mean we like to use a “jump server” which is a terminal server and then we RDP to another server from there.  Using CTRL+ALT+DEL is intercepted by your local PC, CTRL+ALT+END is intercepted by the 1st RDP session in line and not at the one you really wanted.

On windows 2003 and 2008 there was a menu item added in an RDP session, Windows Security.  When you clicked this is was the same as clicking ATLR+ALT+DEL.

You can add this menu item back using this process.

  1. Logon to a windows 2003 and create a shortcut for the Windows Security start menu item to the desktop
  2.  Copy the shortcut to  “C:\ProgramData\Start Menu\programs\System Tools” on the 2012 server and rename it to “Windows Security.lnk”
  3.  Go to start / Apps, search for the shortcut and right click “Windows Security” and “pin to start”
  4. Copy the file from your profile “C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms” to “C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\”
  5. Make the copied file read only in the default profile (important!!!)

Any new user will then get the start screen as you saved it including the “Windows Security”