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Using group policy to map user home folders to desktop

I currently have a Windows Server 2008 R2 server setup and running. I have setup user shared home directories that automatically show up in the users my computer as a device and have size limits and file restrictions setup that are currently working.

I am now trying to automatically map this drive to the users desktop when they login. I'm hoping to map this as a U: drive but having problems getting it to work as I am new to group policy and haven't had any luck setting this up properly.

Hoping someone could help me out with this? Also, for some reason when I browse on the network as a users,  I can see everyone's home folders. Do I have to setup each user folder to only access to that one user or is there an easier way?

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On the server that you have active directory setup, you can setup a script that runs every time a person belonging to one of your groups logs in.  Alternately, you can setup a script to place in each users startup folder.  The script maps the drives to the users local computer.

An example follows:
Option Explicit
Dim objNetwork
Dim strDriveLetter2, 

strDriveLetter2 = "U:"
strRemotePath2 = "\\Your server\folder name"

Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")

On Error Resume Next
objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive strDriveLetter2, strRemotePath2, True


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ZephyrMAuthor Commented:
I already have the folder being mapped automatically. I'm just trying to get it to show up on the desktop automatically for users. I can do this manually no problem, just trying to save a step.
In Windows 2008 R2 you can set to only redirect My Documents and/or Desktop in Folder Redirection. We used to use Roaming Profiles but they do not work so good with DFS(R).

Good luck.
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If your organization has a need to mass-create AD user accounts, watch this video to see how its done without the need for scripting or other unnecessary complexities.

As sugguested you can use Folder redirection. Please refer below links.

Gabriel CliftonNet AdminCommented:
In server 2008 Group Policy Manager, edit the ou for this mapped drive. expand User Configuration -> Preferences ->Windows Settings -> Shortcuts. In the right pane, right click -> new -> shortcut. Action: Replace, Name: U Drive, target type: file System Object, Location: Desktop, Target Path: U:\. Click OK
ZephyrMAuthor Commented:
@PantherTech Sorry it's been a while but I'm back on this location for the day. I didn't setup the map drive through Group Policy so I don't have it listed there to perform the tasks that you mentioned.

The way I have it setup is under the user profile properties. And then connect to: I selected U and then have the path spelled out. Should I do this a different way? If I have to, I'll just manually create a shortcut for each user on their desktop as its for under 25 users total.
Gabriel CliftonNet AdminCommented:
Doing the group policy shortcut will create the shortcut no matter how you create the mapped drive, basically if the drive exists then it will create a shortcut on the desktop to the drive, the only time you would have an issue is if the create shortcut is performed before the map network drive.
ZephyrMAuthor Commented:
@PantherTech, thanks for your quick reply. I took another look at ther group policy and click on the OU for the users but do not see anything with User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Shortcuts. I don't see anything with User Configuation to begin with.

I can right click on the OU and see some options but nothing to do with user configuration. I see poperties but nothing in there that would deal with User Configuration.

Am I in the right spot?
Gabriel CliftonNet AdminCommented:
In group policy management, right click the group policy object you want to use (not the folder, sorry if I confused you) -> edit which opens a new window for you to edit the group policy. Expand User Configuration -> Preferences ->Windows Settings -> Shortcuts. In the right pane, right click -> new -> shortcut. Action: Replace, Name: U Drive, target type: file System Object, Location: Desktop, Target Path: U:\. Click OK
ZephyrMAuthor Commented:
Thanks that worked great!
Gabriel CliftonNet AdminCommented:
No problem
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