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Hi

Currently I'm using AD Users and computer in 2008 R2 network to map my users Home drive to \\Server\Sharename\%USERNAME% .
The drive mapping work just fine but i'd like to change the way its displayed, as i dont want the users to see the UNC path of \\server\sharename   is there anyway to relabel this drive ?

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by:pwindell
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That is the opposite of what you should want.

You should want to abandon the dinosaur mapped drive letter concept

You should want them to use the UNC path.

You should want to abandon the whole idea of a "Home Drive" and replace it with maybe Folder Redirection and possibly combined with DFS.  That opens up so many new possibilities it would take a book to explain it.  You get things like multiple DFS roots, and DFS bit-level replication, branch cache, etc.


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by:Joe1212
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Thanks for the reply but all i want is to relabel the drive ?  

Its a locked down enviroment, i dont really want users to have visblity of server names or unc paths.

Folders are already redirected to a network share the same as the homedrive, its simply a user pref.

I'd like the homedrive to be called Homedrive as its what users are used to seeing it will avoid hassle and support calls.

As for the use of DFS, I've already got DFS setup with namespaces etc for other shares but this share is hidden to nonadmin users, its also stored on SAN which is already doing replication so none of the features are really needed for this share.
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by:pwindell
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The normal way of relabling does not work.
Right-click on the drive as you see it,...choose Rename.
I don't know of any other way,...and this probably is only at the client level so it has to be manually repeated on every machine.
Since it probably "re-mappes" at logon I do not know if it will keep the setting when the user logs out and back in again.
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by:johnb6767
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Maybe an AutoIT script? I dont use it, but I see it around here enough, in which it can basically run a macro to reproduce the movements that it would take if manually renamed....

And since it isnt in the registry, as it is an AD Attribute for the user, it cant be scripted from hkcu\network either.... Thats where the Mapped Drives are stored....
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by:johnb6767
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"Since it probably "re-mappes" at logon I do not know if it will keep the setting when the user logs out and back in again."

I do agree with the above statement..... Im afraid I dont think you are gonna find a method to do this.....
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by:pwindell
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My favorite answer is still, "get rid of mapped drive letters",...Novell Days are over,...they need to die the death of the dinosaurs.  The only exception is in rare cases where poorly written apps won't work on a network without them.  But even in most of those cases I have gotten the apps to run with UNC paths even when the manufacturer of the App didn't think it would.  In 11 years I have only found one App that forced me to use a mapped drive and it is a specialized App for the Media Industry (TV, Radio) that no one else would ever know about,...and now even they have went to a "web interface" where the mapped drive only exist on the Web Server and no longer on the user's machine.
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Well thanks for the advice, the network drives are purely a user preferance but its not something that will be changing in the near future.  

in the end i had to remove the home drive mapping from AD and use group policy to map the drives and set the variable that way it allowed me to relabel the drives - i was trying to avoid doing this after the fact but it seemed the only solution.
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by:Joe1212
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solved the issue, wasn't the method i was wanting to use
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