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file_lnk

Puppet defined type for managing .LNK shortcut files within Microsoft Windows.

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Version information

  • 0.1.6 (latest)
  • 0.1.5
  • 0.1.4
  • 0.1.3
  • 0.1.2 (deleted)
released Dec 20th 2021
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x
  • Puppet >= 6.21.0 < 9.0.0

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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'rfbennett-file_lnk', '0.1.6'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add rfbennett-file_lnk
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install rfbennett-file_lnk --version 0.1.6

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rfbennett/file_lnk — version 0.1.6 Dec 20th 2021

File LNK

Puppet defined type for managing .LNK files within Microsoft Windows.

Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  3. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  4. Development - Guide for contributing to the module

Description

This module supplies a defined type that can be used to manage .LNK shortcut files on a Windows node. It leverages PowerShell to do the bulk of the heavy lifting.

Usage

To use the file_lnk type, you must (at a minimum) specify file_name, parent_folder and target_path (as shown below). Note that, where possible, the shortcut creation process will try to automatically generate missing parent folders.

You can make a single shortcut:

  file_lnk { 'JustOneShortcut':
    file_name     => 'SingleShortcutExample.lnk',
    parent_folder => 'C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs\\AFolder',
    target_path   => 'C:\\Windows\\write.exe',
  }

Or you can loop through a hash of shortcuts and do many at once:

class just_an_example_class (
  Hash $lnk_shortcuts = {
    'LnkShortcut01' => {
      file_name     => 'BasicShortcutExample.lnk',
      parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      target_path   => 'C:\\Windows\\write.exe',
    },
    'LnkShortcut02' => {
      file_name        => 'AnotherSimpleShortcutExample.lnk',
      parent_folder    => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      target_path      => 'C:\\Windows\\write.exe',
      target_arguments => '"C:\\Windows\\system.ini"',
      window_style     => '3',
      description      => 'This example opens a file in maximized mode',
      log_output       => true,
    },
    'LnkShortcut03' => {
      file_name                => 'YetAnotherShortcutExample.lnk',
      parent_folder            => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      target_path              => 'C:\\Windows\\write.exe',
      hot_key                  => '',
      icon_file                => 'C:\\Windows\\winhlp32.exe',
      icon_index               => 0,
      description              => 'Will run with admin rights',
      set_run_as_administrator => true,
      log_output               => true,
    },
    'LnkShortcut04' => {
      file_name         => 'OneMoreShortcutExample.lnk',
      parent_folder     => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      target_path       => 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe',
      target_arguments  => '"https://puppet.com"',
      hot_key           => 'CTRL+ALT+8',
      icon_file         => 'C:\\Folder1\\puppet.ico',
      icon_index        => 0,
      working_directory => 'C:\\Program Files',
      log_output        => true,
    },
    'LnkShortcut05' => {
      file_name     => 'OneOtherShortcutExample.lnk',
      parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      target_path   => 'C:\\Windows\\System32',
      log_output    => true,
    }
  },
) {
  $lnk_shortcuts.each | String $lnk_title, Hash $lnk_hash | {
    file_lnk { $lnk_title:
      * => $lnk_hash,
    }
  }
}

You can also remove a shortcut:

  file_lnk { 'ShortcutCleanup':
    ensure        => 'absent',
    file_name     => 'UnwantedShortcut.lnk',
    parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
    target_path   => 'C:\\Windows\\write.exe',
  }

Limitations

  1. This modules uses the following to generate the contents of the REFERENCE.md file:
  • puppet strings generate --format markdown --out REFERENCE.md
  1. This module has been evaluated against the following:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019 (running PowerShell 5.1.17763.1971)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (running PowerShell 5.1.14393.4530)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (running PowerShell 5.1.14409.1018)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (running PowerShell 5.1.19041.1023)

Development

As this is currently an initial foray into contributing to the Puppet Forge project, please bear with us as things settle. Feedback and ideas are always welcome - please contact an Author (listed in metadata.json) to discuss your input, or feel free to simply open an Issue.