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Group Policy Preferences Drive Mapping Not Working In Windows 7

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Does anyone know why drive mapping group policy preferences wouldn't work in Windows 7.  I'm currently using my computer to apply drive mapping group policy and it isn't working.  Other group policy preferences are working, just not the drive mapping portion.  I've found some things online pointing to this being a problem with Windows 7 along with some possible workarounds but I haven't been able to get anything to work.
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by:MHMAdmins
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try using a login script via group policy:

echo
net use z: /delete

echo
net use Z: \\servername\sharename /persistent:yes /Y


This is how we map drives on ours.
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by:north_
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Where are you making group policy changes?
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by:MHMAdmins
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On the domain controller, group policy settings, create the script on notepad and save it as script.bat. Then in one of your policies under Users>Policies>Windows Settings>Scripts>Login and you point to the script. Then you need to add the users you want this to effect in the filtering section with minimal of read permissions so it can apply them to the user profile when they login. Once you have setup the script in the GPO console you will need to run gpupdate to allow asynchronous update of group policy to your domain. Then on the client you must run gpupdate /force and then reboot for the policy to take effect.
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by:north_
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You do not need to reboot the machine after forcing gpupdate.
You only need to log off the current profile and log back in.

Also, the drive mappings are not working most likely because you edited the wrong GPO object. It is hard to be certain without them telling me where they made the group policy changes.

What OS is your domain controller running?
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by:Mahesh
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In GPO, under user configuration preferences, open prpperties of mapped drive and Click the 'Common' tab
* Select the checkbox for 'Run in logged-on user's security context (user policy option)' if already not selected, run gpupdate /force on DC and client both once, logoff and logon client computer and check

The possible cause of drive mapping failure is, if you not select above checkbox, windows trying to map drive under security context of System account and thats why it is unable to map network drives.
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phillips_5200 earned 0 total points
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I was able to get this problem fixed although I can't currently recall what the actual fix was.  I do know that it wasn't anything related to the above suggestions, however.  I think it might have been something as simple as mapping to the wrong drive but I can't say for sure at this point.
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by:phillips_5200
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I can't remember what I did to fix the problem, but I do know that the suggestions that were offered prior to my comment weren't what I did to fix it.  I just want to be sure that it's clear that in this situation, I'm unsure of what the fix was so that no one will erroneously waste time trying something that won't work, and using my comment as the solution seems like the best way to make this happen.
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