Tuesday, January 2, 2018

SharePoint 2013 TIP: Recreate SharePoint Shortcuts

I've had it happen that, when assuming administration of new customer SharePoint servers and performing standard state and maintenance checks on them, I find that SharePoint has been installed such that the usual three shortcuts are not deployed to the Start menu.  This TIP shows you how to create these manually.  To start off with, open an Explorer window onto this folder:
  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products
Now create the three SharePoint shortcuts in this folder and configure them with the following properties:
  • SharePoint 2013 Central Administration
    • Name: SharePoint 2013 Central Administration
    • URL: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\BIN\psconfigui.exe" -cmd showcentraladmin
    • Shortcut Key: none
    • Run: Normal window
    • Comment: Views the Central Administration Web Application.
  • SharePoint 2013 Management Shell
    • Name: SharePoint 2013 Management Shell
    • URL: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe  -NoExit  " & ' C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\CONFIG\POWERSHELL\Registration\\sharepoint.ps1 ' "
    • Shortcut key: None
    • Run: Normal window
    • Comment: Link to start PowerShell and register SharePoint cmdlets
  • SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard
    • Name: SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard
    • URL: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\BIN\psconfigui.exe"
    • Shortcut key: None
    • Run: Normal window
    • Comment: Configures SharePoint Products and Technologies.