Posted on 2011-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
For now I cannot use GPO to map network drives on users' computers.
So, I need a vbscript or powershell that would go through a list of computers form a text file like computernames.txt and then maps a network drive on all computers in the text file. It cannot use GPO or group membership.

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Do you want to map to any specific subfolder on each computer?
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by:Chris Dent
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> maps a network drive on all computers in the text file.

You can do that, but...

The drive will only be mapped in the context of the user executing the script, and since that's you (not your users), how much benefit is that really?

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Agree. One way to accomplish it is to put an file/shortcut into the Startup folder of each user (or All Users), or change the Run registry key of HKCU to run the script. That would mimic a GPO Login script then.
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ID: 36812811
I need a vbscript or powershell according to my question. Thats the best solution for me now. So, please provide the code if you can help.
"So, I need a vbscript or powershell that would go through a list of computers form a text file like computernames.txt and then maps a network drive on all computers in the text file. It cannot use GPO or group membership."

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Chris Dent earned 400 total points
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You could have asked for more detail on Qlemo's solution, that's going to be easiest if you need to map the drive for a bunch of users on the computer. It won't be immediately effective and will require a log-off / on (or your users will have to click on something), I don't think we can get around that one.

What you ask, in its pure form, while it sounds simple is exceptionally difficult to do. That is, we can't do this (psuedo-code, don't try it :)):
Get-TheListOfComputers | ForEach-Object { Map-ADrive "B:" "\\Somewhere\share" Computer }

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If we did, you'd end up with you logged on to each and every machine, with a nice drive mapping under your user account. I imagine you're not using all the computers at once and kind of need that mapped for whoever is using it?

If the mapping is entirely generic, not at all user specific, you could cheat a bit and dump the batch file in the All Users version of Start-up rather than targeting specific users. Either way, I recommend avoiding HKCU because that introduces figuring out the intended user, and loading / accessing the right hive from HKEY_USERS.

Given that the answer to your question isn't so clear cut, you will have to tell us how you want to proceed. I'm sure we can help, both Qlemo and I are very well versed in scripting technologies.

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Qlemo earned 100 total points
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Nice summary, Chris.
The main issue is that the drive mapping needs to be performed on each machine for each user logging in, and even maybe for Scheduled Tasks, Services or the like. As Chris stated, it sounds easy to do, but isn't at all. Since you do not have (or want to use) a GPO, you need something executing each time a user logs in. It isn't sufficient to perform a one-time action for each machine.

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Thanks guys.

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