14 Dec 10 06 - Active Directory Home drive not getting mapped in Windows 7

Posted on 2010-09-21
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I'm starting to get new machines with Windows 7 Pro.  All users have their home drive set in their AD profile to map H:\ to \\server\users\username.  Then the login script maps other drive letters.  

For my first user with Windows 7, it is not mapping the home drive.  The drives mapped from the login script work fine.  

I've search other threads and tried other things.  If I change the home directory on his profile to use Z: instead of H:, it works fine.  But there are no other drives mapped as H:.

The only thing I can think of is that, when I login as admin (while setting up the machine), my login script maps H: to \\server\users.  Could that somehow be messing up his login when it tries to map H: to \\server\users\username?  But there is still no drive mapped as H: under his login.

Any ideas would be helpful.  Thanks.

Question by:bruno71
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by:Seth Simmons
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What is the error when the drive mapping fails?  You can use 'pause' as the last line in your login script for the window to stay open and see the output.

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It's not the login script that fails...it's the AD profile 'Home' directory.  There is no error when he logs in.  His H:\ drive just doesn't show up.


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If you log in as a local user, is there an H: drive in my computer?  I had the same issue with a few of my domain users, because the local computer was already taking up the drive letter that I designated for the home directory.
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There is no H:\ drive when logged in as the local machine user.  The only H:\ that shows up is when I log in as the domain admin - my login script maps an H:\ drive.  The normal user gets his H:\ drive from the AD user profile home directory.


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Any more ideas on this?  I'm getting more PCs with Windows 7 and other users are having the same issue.


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bruno71 earned 0 total points
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I believe I found the problem.  As stated before, the user has a Home Drive defined in Active Directory as well as a login script which maps various other drives.  Here is the issue...the login script also deletes any mapped drives before it creates the new ones (I've had trouble with users getting mapped drives that they shouldn't from the previously logged in user).  

It seems like, in XP, the login script would run deleting any mapped drives and then creating the correct ones for the user, and then the AD Home Directory would be created.

However, in Windows 7, it seems like the Home Directory is created first, then the login script runs deleting the Home Directory and creating the other mapped drives.

I haven't extensivly tested this, but removing the line "net use h: /delete /yes" from the login script seemed to fix it for me.  This question can be closed.


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This worked for me...maybe it will work for others.

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