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Mapping network drives through Group Policy
06-10-2012, 10:21 PM
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Mapping network drives through Group Policy

How to map a network drive using group policy

1) Open Group Policy Management
2) Find the appropriate OU, right click it and select "Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here..."

Scope
The following sites, domains, and OUs are linked to this GPO:
Click add and select the AD OU where the users that you want this GPO to be applied to are stored.

Security Filtering:
Authenticated Users is generally OK or you could link it to a certain security group.

WMI Filtering:
<none>


Right click on the Policy object (on the left) and select Edit...

User Configuration
Preferences
Windows Settings
Drive Maps
New > Mapped drive

General
Action: Update
Location: \\SERVERNAME\Foldername
Reconnect: Tick
Label as: Foldername
Drive Letter: Use: Select letter..

Common
Tick: Run in logged-on user's security context (user policy option)

Back under the GPO if you go to the settings tab you can double check if it looks OK.


Notes
Group policies should apply every 15minutes by default on client if for some reason it doesn't you can use gpupdate /force

Under Windows XP I've had a problem where client side extensions were missing so the drive map wasn't working.. update the machine using windows updates and it should be OK.

To check what group policies have been applied on the client
Start > Run > rsop.msc



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