How do I automate network drive mapping and the association of specific icons for those mapped drives.
Posted on 2008-11-04
We have a well-established Windows 2003-based domain with a couple hundred XP and Vista clients. We do as much as we can through automation, using Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and vbscripts. We rely on several GPOs to configure the clients and to manage many aspects of the network.
One of those GPOs runs a script that copies a company-branded icon to the clients computer. The script then determines the user's group membership (security groups that match the companies hierarchical structure) and maps network drives to specific company folders on the central file server. Once the drives are mapped (i.e., a drive letter reserved and designated to point to a specific network folder), the script creates a shortcut, associates it with the mapped drive, and applies the company-branded icon. The user can then click the icon and have the network folder open - as if magic. That's the "Windows" side.
We also have 30+ Apple/Mac computers, and our boss has insisted that we should be able to seamlessly integrate them into our Windows environment. He wants our Mac users to feel every bit as loved as our Windows users. He wants them to have the same pretty company-branded icons that open up the same network forlders, so that they too can be a part of the team.
We have a slightly-better-then-beginner knowledge of Macs, and we have a mix of Tiger and Leopard OS on the clients. We have a Mac server we have designated as a "Open Directory" (OD) Master. We have created groups and bound everything with Windows "Active Directory" (AD). User log onto to their Mac using a Windows Domain user name and password. We are able to use the Workgroup Manager to set and apply some management policies to the client machines.
We have the "WhitePaper" from Apple on Mac integration to AD/OD, but we can seem to find a way to automate the process of mapping the network drives and applying the company-branded icon to the mapped drives/folders.
I want our boss to see how good we are at integrating the Macs and making the Mac users sense that they too are valuable members of the team.
Please help us to automate processes to map network drives (create links to folders on Windows network servers, to rename the links to user-friendly names like: "Office Drive," and how to automate applying the company-branded icon to the links.
Thanks in advance for specific instructions, scripts, etc. We are lazy, tired, and Mac-stupid; but we are eager and enthusiastic to the help make our Mac users feel loved and part of the team.