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Remotely mapping a drive for a user

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Does anyone know a way to do the following using vbscript or similar?

  We often get requests to map drives or printers for users,
  I've written a VBscript that lets me connect someone to a printer without actually touching their PC (using rundll32 printui.dll),

  I want to do the same thing for drive mappings:
  I want to sit at PC#1 and run a script that connects PC#2 to a drive on Server #3

  I could do it by changing the login script, but I'm looking for a way to do one-off drive mappings without touching the user's PC,

Does anyone know of a way to do this?

Thanks
Keith
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by:KVR_Solutions
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This is pretty simple:

If you are in a domain environment or have administrative rights, you can specify a batch file to run at logon or to be placed in the startup folder. You wouldn't need to touch everyones PC.


I typically call it something like, "startup.bat" and the contents would look something like this:

net use Z: /delete

net use Z: \\server\share /u:Administrator "passwordhere"

exit

(I've found that using the delete command first typically helps the phone to not ring as much.

Hope this helps,

Ira @ KVR
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BTW, i did read that you know about the logon script, but I think you may still be able to use that simple method but just do it from the domain admin level (assuming that you are on a domain)
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by:nfoods
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Yes we're on a domain,
I was hoping there was a way to force a drive mapping without having to log the user off/back on
but I've looked everywhere and don't think there is a way of doing it, other than write a quick batch file, drop it on the user's desktop and telling them to run it
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rudd_robert earned 65 total points
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HI,

Running a command on a user's computer can be a tricky one to do without disrupting the user's session. The only way i know of doing it would be to use a tool like RemoteInvocation. Its an open source tool that is quite powerful. Check it out here...

http://www.codeguru.com/Cpp/I-N/network/remoteinvocation/article.php/c5433

Hope this helps
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by:nfoods
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Thanks for your helps on this - I've found a way of doing it,

write a batch file to map the drive (persistent)
drop it on the user's C drive
then run a remote CMD on their machine and run the batch file

not quite as clean as I was hoping - but it achieves what I wanted.

Thank you for your help
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