Mapping drives with group policy

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Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008
We would like to provide each user with a mapped drive as a home folder. We have a Windows2003 Domain however the 2 file servers are win2008 servers. I Tried using Group policy management to automatically map a drive for a group of users, but it does not work. The Fileshare role is enabled on both 2008 Fileservers, but group policy fails to map the drive. what am I doing wrong?

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Windows 2003 server

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Try this, In AD, bring up their profile.  When you have hit, hit the Profile tab, under the Home folder, fill in the Connect button, drop the letter down to the drive letter that you want the drive to be, for us it is I, then in the To: box, insert the path on the storage of where you are going to have them have their home folder.  Now, what happens is that ever time they log on, they should point to that folder, no GP is needed as long as the path is present.  Give it a try.

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  • homer0
    That will work, but I'm looking for a way to do it for several hundred users.
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  • Harisheldon
    Ouch, how are your scripting skills?  Well, hmmm, don't really have a good answer for that one except scripting or, if you have a new tech, have him do the grunt work and as he creates the folders on the storage drive, he can cut and paste the mappings into the path, that should work.  Do a couple hundred a day, he/she should be done in about a week...but glad I was able to answer the first part.
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  • maonayze
    I use AD Manager Pro from Manage Engine to import my users from a csv file that is created by our student database system. It uses profile templates. Each template is setup as required and things like Groups, Home Folders and mailboxes etc...are setup within the templates. You can also modify multiple users profile attributes using a csv, which also includes the home folders you need to do. It sure makes things a lot easier. I did have to do a bit of donkey work to get the templates setup, but after that it's a doddle. It also does loads more than that and I would wholeheartedly recommend it. (I'm new here and not sure I should be mentioning products in these discussions, so if I have broken any rules then my apologies). It costs money, but it does a lot for it.
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  • Harisheldon
    You can mention products and I am very interested in what you just discussed.  Do you happen to have a link to it?  If so, please post it.  Thanks.
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  • maonayze
    Here you gohttp://www.manageengine.com/products/ad-manager/index1.htmlThey also do other products you may like. One thing i forgot to mention is the fact that you can download a trial version with 30 days access. This should give you plenty of time to evaluate it and see how good it is and if it does the job you need it to. If you need any help with anything at all then let me know.
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  • TomLiotta
    ...not sure I should be mentioning products in these discussions...   Nearly all of us are volunteers, and many of us have different opinions. The site administrators haven't given strong guidelines that I've seen. I'll give my opinion and others can agree or disagree.   Product mention is generally fine. It should be disclosed if you are associated with a product or are simply a satisfied (or dissatisfied, I suppose) customer.   I personally dislike constant posts by vendors in every 'Answer' they can find that might relate to their product. (Commonly done without even a disclaimer.) However, a 'Discussion' post seems plausible. Products can sometimes be the only useful approach. If a product turns out to be the answer, the OP should be the one to mark the 'Discussion' post as the approved 'Answer'.   But using posts in ways that seem to be nothing but taking advantage of a free forum to get free advertising also seems distasteful to me. Vendors should be willing to support forums by advertising.   If they are the only ones mentioning their products, it makes me wonder why no customers can speak up.   A mention such as yours seems fully appropriate, IMO.   Tom
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  • maonayze
    Okay, cheers Tom.I'm definately not a vendor. Just a happy customer of the product. I agree with everything you say on the vendor issue and feel the same. This is the first time I have actually joined one of these forum groups and think that they are a great way of helping others out with problems. Especially those problems that don't seem to have many answers lying around or never quite get answered by the end of a very long thread. If I can help I'll chip in. :-)
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