2 comments on “Google Chrome Managed Bookmarks

  1. Stumbled onto your blog today, and man! Its nice to know that i’m not the only one suffering from a bunch of these same issues.. I have been using a JSON conversion site – to recreate all of the items manually and I would love to get my hands on a little utility to make that easier for me.

    I am also a little curious if you made any progress on your trip down rabbit hole with the old Internet Explorer PINNED item on the Windows 10 Start Menu… I have three freshly imaged workstations deployed – all with the same .xml menu – they work beautifully except one of them – for reasons that are beyond me is missing the internet explorer shortcut..

    Anyways nice blog and I’m glad I stumbled onto it – Trials of a network admin is fitting. “Tears of a network admin” would also be appropriate.

    Jeff

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  2. Thanks for the comment and compliment. I agree about the “tears” part, sadly.

    Regarding Chrome and the utility – I just reviewed the code and the reality is it’s rather specific to my circumstances, as I’m not just generating the JSON file but also a HTML file we need in a specific format for another purpose. That said, if you would like the source code (C# in Visual Studio), I’m happy to provide it. If you’re just looking for the JSON file you should not need to change too much as most of the challenge is getting the formatting correct, and I’ve already done that. Let me know.

    As for IE and the Win 10 start menu, I would suggest checking that the IE shortcut itself exists in %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ and that you’re using that shortcut in the XML file. Other than that I’d start looking at what differences may exist in the user’s and all users’ start menu folders; if the XML works on some machines and not others I think your problem lies with the shortcuts themselves.

    James

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