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Hide mapped drive infomation from users

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My goal is to hide the share name of mapped drives from the users. For example.  I have two mapped drives to servers they are

\\phx-server1\pos$  it is mapped as P: and shows the drive mapped as  pos$ (\\phx-server1) (P:)  
\\phx-server1\shared it is mapped as S: and shows the drive mapped as shared (\\phx-server1)(s:)



 is it possible via GPO or other means to have on the users machine to see  just the drive letters  

P:
S:

Or even
Pos$ P:
Shared S:
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Question by:JaysonJackson
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by:bbao
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can you please tell us why you wanna hide the server names? because the server names or shared locations may change later?
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by:hattmardy
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You could set up DFS:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727150.aspx

The user will still see a sharename, but it doesn't necessarily have to be the computer the share is located on.

For instance instead of \\johnscomputer\c$ the users can access the share by \\domain\data
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by:JaysonJackson
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both may be changed later.  The description of the drives wen hey set them up some time ago are quite lenghtly.   I have not worked on windows server since my MCSE for Windows NT 4.0 expired.  I have been in a managment position.   With this new startup company i am trying to fix some of them things that "My freind setup"  .  Such as share names and serve names \\phx-penis-1\short     the consultant they had made quite a few funny settings such as this.  
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Darr247 earned 300 total points
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Try this on one manually and see if that changes the display like you want it.
If so, then see if you can push a registry change via GPO

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

DWord Value: ShowDriveLettersFirst

Data = Action
0  =  Default display
1  =  Network drive letter first, Local drive letter after
2  =  Description only, no drive letter displayed
4  =  Drive letter before description

i.e. Try changing that DWord value's Data field to number 4, as shown in the attached screen grab.
HKLM-ShowDriveLetters.png
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by:Shift-3
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You can also change the drive labels using vbscript.  For instance, the snippet below changes the label of the M: drive.  This has the same effect as right-clicking the drive in Windows Explorer and hitting Rename.

This could be mass-deployed using a logon script.


Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
objShell.NameSpace("M:").Self.Name = "Marketing Documents"

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by:JaysonJackson
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Thanks guys both worked well.
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