Hw to create a  GPO on a new Server 20008 R2 to map network drives for Windows 7 clients

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-20
Hello All

I just added the first Windows server 2008 R2 on our network. Our Forest and Domain are running at Windows Server 2003. The new DC is running fine. We are now starting to deploy Windows 7 64-bit clients and I would like to know how to configure the GPO on the new 2008 R2 Server to target only the Windows 7 computers to map network drives based on group memberships.

Question by:srinivaskakumanu
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    by:Will Szymkowski
    Please see the following...

    Mapped Drive GPO for 2008r2 -

    If you want only want to target Windows 7 64-bit machines you will need to create a WMI filter for your GPO that you create.

    Create WMI filter for GPO -

    Just be aware that WMI filters do put more processing on your GPO which could cause performance issue if too many WMI filters are used.

    If your OU structure is setup dividing the Windows 7 machines you could just simply add all of the Win7 machines to an OU and apply the policy to that. But if you have both Win7,XP etc in the same OU you will need to use a WMI filter.

    hope this helps!

    Author Comment

    We have a separate OU for all new Windows 7 64-bit clients. Can you please provide steps on how to accomplish this on the new Server 2008 R2 GPO console.

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    Sure, see below...

    1.login to the DC
    2. Open gpmc.msc (Group Policy Management Console)
    3. Find Group Policy Objects, right click, select New, Give the policy a meaningful name
    4. Open the GPO
    5. Create the mapped drive see:
    6. Once you created the mapped drive close the GP Management Editor
    7. In GPMC, navigate to the OU where the machines live, right click, select "Link Existing GPO"
    8. On the Scope Tab you will see security filtering make sure that it is set to Authenticated Users.

    Login to one of the machines that are in that OU and the mapped drive should work without issue.

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    Thanks so much.

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