How to Setup a VBS Logon Script by Group Membership

Posted on 2010-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hi all,

Im really new to the whole VBS scripting thing, but what im trying to do is make a script to map drives to groups.

Group Fdrive = \\server\Fdrive.
Group Tdrive = \\server\accounts

That kinda thing,

And then printers,

Group AccountsPrinter = \\server\AccountingPrinterName
Group SkillsPrinter = \\server\SkillsPrinterName

Or am I creating to many groups here… what’s the best way to do this

Would it be better to create a group like, Accounts T Drive and Printing

Thanks guys
Question by:liminal
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Expert Comment

ID: 33614662
Are you on a domain? You can use vbscript to map based on domain groups if so which is really handy from and Admin perspective.
I can give you a copy of the VBScript we use if so.

Basically it maps drives based on username (home directories) or groups (department shares etc)

Accepted Solution

andoss earned 500 total points
ID: 33614676
Have attached the script in code for you to peruse anyways.
There's comments which hopefully explain whats going on.

I've removed majority of our mapings just or simplicity, but you can add as many mappings as you want to the Select statement or even create separate Select statements.
n Error Resume Next

Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
DomainString = WshNetwork.UserDomain
UserString = WshNetwork.UserName

Set UserObj = GetObject("WinNT://" & DomainString & "/" & UserString)

'Unmaps some drives which it may map so as to prevent errors
WshNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive "F:",true,true
WshNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive "G:",true,true
WshNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive "L:",true,true

'Simple mapping of drives other than department shared drive
WshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "F:", "\\servername\Applications"
WshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "G:", "\\servername\Company Share"
wshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "M:", "\\servername\Home Directories\" + UserString

'Shared drive mapping based on users AD Group, if user is a member of more than one AD Group and drives are same letter the last drive mapped will be given.
For Each GroupObject In UserObj.Groups
strMSG = GroupObject.Name
        Select Case GroupObject.Name
        	'Case "RHO_finance"
                '	WshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "U:", "\\wfs01\Home Directories\CATS"
		Case "RHO_accounts"
			WshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "L:", "\\servername\Departments\Accounts"
		Case "RHO_wholesale"
			WshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "L:", "\\servername\Departments\Wholesale"
		'Shared drive mappings for exception & Misc groups. ie. Those who need access to another departments shared drive
		Case "RHO_accountsexceptions"
			WshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "Q:", "\\servername\Departments\Accounts"
		Case "RHO_marketingexceptions"
			WshNetwork.MapNetworkDrive "Q:", "\\servername\Departments\Marketing"
	End Select

'Removes the full UNC path from mapped drives under windows explorer and replaces with a shorter name
sDrive = "M:\"
Set oShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
oShell.NameSpace(sDrive).Self.Name = "Home Directory"

'sDrive = "U:\"
'Set oShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
'oShell.NameSpace(sDrive).Self.Name = "CATS"

sDrive = "L:\"
Set oShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
oShell.NameSpace(sDrive).Self.Name = "Department Share"

sDrive = "F:\"
Set oShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
oShell.NameSpace(sDrive).Self.Name = "Applications"

sDrive = "G:\"
Set oShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
oShell.NameSpace(sDrive).Self.Name = "Company Share"

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Author Comment

ID: 33614723
Hey thanks so much for the quick response... Yeah its a domain... let me have a look, ill come back to you.

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Author Comment

ID: 33614739
Ok, testing now.

I’m just wondering about the RHO_finance… what’s with the underscore? Is that how your groups are named? Or do you need that if you have a space in the group name.

Expert Comment

ID: 33614800
That's just how we've named our groups. I believe you should be fine if your groups have a space in the name as the code is surrounded by quotes anyways.

Hope it does what you needed :)

Author Comment

ID: 33614893
Yeah i figured it out... it's working well.

One thing i have noted is that it wont seem to delete the drive, im just double clicking the file... it maps... but if i remove myself from a group and and run again... the drive is still there.

Author Comment

ID: 33614937
LOL, yeah it helps if you actually do remove yourself from the group in order to delete the share :)

Expert Comment

ID: 33614938
You need a separate line for each drive mapping you want removed.
ie. to remove F: Drive you use the following.

WshNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive "F:",true,true

The problem isn't as simple as you've mapped the drive to a letter other than the ones listed to remove is it?
Although if you use the script at group policy then you'll never come across that anyway as the drives are only mapped at logon.

Author Comment

ID: 33614982
I didnt remove myself from the group, all good... thanks

are you using this for printers as well?

Expert Comment

ID: 33615018
No sorry we don't.
Google found me this though which looks good, not sure if you'd already seen it but doesn't look like it would be difficult to integrate to the script i posted.

ie. Just add these two lines to the top of the script
Dim objNetwork
Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")

Then customise this line for each of the Select cases in the script i posted
objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection \\server\SkillsPrinterName

Maybe someone else can give better help with the printers.


Author Comment

ID: 33622708
Thanks heaps for the help :)

Expert Comment

ID: 33623111
No worries, hope you got what you needed.

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