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Posted on 2007-08-09
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Hello,

I use the "Connect [drive] to [sharedfolder]" option on the "Profile" tab of a user's properties in Active Directory to map the H: drive for all of my users in my domain to the following shared folder: \\servername\home\username .  As such, the folder named 'home' contains hundreds of sub-folders named accordingly for each user in my domain.

The problem is this mapped drive frequently yet seemingly randomly maps itself to \\servername\home, showing the user the entire folder of username folders. This isn't a security issue because each user can only get into his or her own folder, however, some users store their e-mail archive .pst files there and when the share re-maps itself, they can no longer access their archive files in Outlook because it's looking for the wrong location via the mapped drive.

Can anyone tell me what's causing this and how to resolve it?

Thanks!
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by:Arthur_Mino
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G'day,

I think it might be a problem with the directory.
So it drops the users home path?
Are the users on roaming profiles?
2003 Server?
xp or 2000 clients?

Let me know,

Cheers,

Arthur
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by:NJDfan1711
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Sorry,

I should've provided a lot more information.

- Yes, the home path is basically droppinig and the drive is mapping to the directory above that, which contains all users' folders.
- No, they're not using roaming profiles.
- The server with the shared folder is running Windows 2000 Server, but my AD servers are all 2003 Servers.
- My clients are all XP Clients.

Thanks again.
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by:Arthur_Mino
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G'day,

I think the users wyldcard for the directory path is not coming through. Do any of the users folder names have any spaces, periods, commas, forward slashes? Also, regarding the path for PST files for Outlook, you should be able to put in the direct path in to the Outlook Data files option, so no matter wether the volume is mounted or not the directory will always give access to that PST file.

Let me know,

Cheers,

Arthur
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by:NJDfan1711
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Nope, all user's home folders follow the simple First initial, Last name rule. So John Doe's home folder would be named "jdoe". Therefore, no slashes, periods, commas or spaces :(

I will try the suggestion about the .pst files, but I'm still looking to resolve this issue with the mapped drive.

Thanks!
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by:NJDfan1711
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This is still an issue for us but it doesn't appear we will find a resolution anytime soon, so could a moderator please close this topic with points refunded?  

Thank you.
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Once again I will ask that the topic be closed with poitns refunded... is anyone responding to these requests?  I frequently get e-mails that I have "open questions" and I am trying to do my due diligence here.
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