You often want to redirect start menu and Desktop folders to another location when you configure a terminal server farm. I often redirect this to C:custom. This is because I do not want to rely on another server in the network to display the start menu and desktop to the users. The only downside is that in order to publish new shortcuts to start menu and desktop you have to do this on each server. Let’s say you have 6 terminal servers you have to copy the new shortcut on every server. This is time consuming. This can be solved in many ways. The most common is using a script that reads from a central server and copies to each server. Another way that I find much better is to use Group Policy Preferences. In this Example I want to distribute Word shortcut to the desktop. Okay, in this example I already have a group policy in place. So I just want to edit this and do the steps.
This could also be *. This way you can copy every shortcut inside the shortcuts$ folder to c:customdesktop