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How do I map a network drive to a computer OU?

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Hi all,
I am attempting to map a network drive to about ten computers on our network via GPO.  For reference, the users logging in already have some mapped network drives via a user GPO, but I only want this drive to be accessible on these ten computers.  I am using a drive letter that will not conflict with other existing policies.
I have created a computer OU for the ten machines in question, and linked a GPO to this OU.  The GPO has "User Configuration" disabled, with only "Computer Configuration running.  In the Startup Scripts, I have two files: pushprinterconnections.exe (so we can push out a printer using the GPO) and my .bat file, which looks like this:

@echo off
net use j: "\\server\share name"
exit

When users log on, sometimes they get the network drive, sometimes not.  When they do, it shows up as "Disconnected Network Drive (J:)".  Despite that, the drive can still be opened and files accessed, but this is pretty sloppy, and I need the drive to be accessed properly every time.  I have tried playing with the permissions on the share folder, adding a group composed of the computers in question, but this has not helped.

Interestingly enough, I can rename the "Disconnected Network Drive (J:) to the apppropriate name and it will do so.  I cannot disconnect the drive via GUI or CLI even logged in as Administrator; it says the drive is not in use.  I'm running out of options and could really use some help.  Thanks!
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can you post the following from a client that is not showing the drive?
gpresult /v > gp.txt & gp.txt
 
While tigermatt gave a good workaround that really doesnt resolve the issue.
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Hi Matt,

I've done loopback policies before, but had hoped to do it through computer policy.  Since I agree with your assessment that it is unreliable, I did as you suggested, and everything works great.  I'm accepting your solution.

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lscapa,

I like your solution as well, and didn't refresh before posting.  I'm going to accept multiple solutions.

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Thanks to both of you.  One solution is great as a workaround, and the other provides a good explanation of the original problem that I had been unable to find before, and also gives excellent advice.  Much appreciated.

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