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Drive mappings for multiple group membership

Posted on 2013-01-24
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I am having some random issues with drive mappings within a Windows 2008 domain. Certain drives disappear randomly for users. The problem is that when I took over the client there was only one batch file for all users. I finally created proper group memberships and started creating multiple batch files under NETLOGON for the users.

The big problem I have is that a lot of users are in more than one group and need multiple "department drives"

IE)

1. Management has their own management drive but each manager needs access to their own department drive

2. Three different departments all need mappings to a separate department drive.

As you can see there is a pile of batch scripts pertaining to each "condition". What would be best to use? VB? Powershell?
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I would do this through group policy.

User Config, Preferences, Windows Settings, Drive Maps

Create a drive map then click the common tab and select "Run in logged-on user's security context" and "Item Level Targeting"
Click the targeting button and click New Item, Security Group, and enter the group with the users that should get this mapping.
Rinse and repeat for each department share.

You might want to look into setting up DFS (Distributed file system) and just map 1 drive to the DFS root and handle access through NTFS permissions.  You can even turn on folder enumeration which will hide folders users don't have access to.

This is very easy to setup and can be installed right on your file server.
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I will try the above solutions.
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I was able to achieve what I wanted through the solution above. It took a lot of trial and error but regardless the help is much appreciated.
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