How to Delete Files Across a Domain Remotely

There are shortcuts on a user's desktop that I want to eliminate and change. Is it possible for me to accomplish this remotely? Would I be able to perform anything similar for any file stored on a domain-connected local machine? I plan to implement folder redirection this summer while the teachers are away, but I'd like to be able to do so until then. Thanks!

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Dany· Answered on Jul 20, 2023

You can remove the shortcut link using a Group Policy Preference or running a script like Cmd to delete files.

I recommend the GPP method since you can alter it once, and it will be applied to all computers. The GPP allows you to create, remove, and update commands. If a link already exists and you wish to remove it, simply write a policy to delete it. The one exception is if the link contains something dynamic, such as an unc route computed based on information such as the current user or workstation name. This becomes a little more complicated with GPP.

The steps are for your reference:

  • Navigate to the Group Policy Management Console. Click Edit after right-clicking the Group Policy object that should include the new preference item.
  • Expand the Preferences folder in the terminal tree under Computer Configuration or User Configuration, and then expand the Windows Settings folder.
  • Right-click the Shortcuts node, select New, and then Shortcut.
  • Select an Action for Group Policy to perform in the New Shortcut Properties dialog box.
  • Enter shortcut options to configure or remove Group Policy.
  • Click the Common tab, make any necessary changes, and then enter your remarks in the Description box.
  • Click the OK button. In the details pane, the new preference item is displayed.

You can also utilize a command-line interpreter application called cmd to delete files across a domain. It can help you do a lot of advanced operations and solve Windows issues.

First, you should understand that using cmd to remove files is not the same as throwing files and folders in the Windows Recycle Bin. You can recover data directly from the Recycle Bin folder. However, recovering cmd deleted files or across-domain files without data recovery software is challenging. You can quickly return these essential items with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Here are the steps:

  • Enter del followed by a space after you launch the cmd.
  • Next, write the path for each file you want to remove and separate each file name with a space.
  • Type in the correct path and press the Enter key.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

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