Personal network share to every AD account

Posted on 2014-02-13
Last Modified: 2014-02-13
Hey guys,

I would like to set up each AD user to have their personal network drive attached to their profile on every computer they log into. I know how to set this for groups using GPO, but I have no idea how make it happen automatically for each specific user.

We are running Server 2008 domain and the personal shares are located on our file server.

Many thanks,

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by:Joseph Moody
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Sounds like you want to set up home folders:

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But isn't that the folder redirection? I need their profiles to stay local. Meaning that their "My Documents" and other folders will not be centrally stored and will not get copied across to any other PC.

All I need is for them to be able to go to "My computer" on any machine they log into and see for example "Joe Blokes" network drive attached.

Is that what the Home Folders do? And if yes, is there any easy way to automatize this so I won't have to do it manually for each user?
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Above is correct however if you have hundreds of AD accounts to modify I'd recommend Bulk AD users

You can use the bulk modify to point the home drive to for example:


That would then make that their home drive. You wouldn't need to map the drive either, AD "should" do that automatically.


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by:Joseph Moody
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Folder Redirection and home folders are different technologies. Home folders will create a empty folder on a network share and map it for the user on logon. Users can save items to this folder or still save items to their local profile (which contains documents, desktop, etc)

Many admins will redirect the local profile folders into the homefolder for easier management though.

You can select all of your users in Active Directory Users and Computers - then right click - properties. Click on the profile tab.
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by:Joseph Moody
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For future users, you would want to set up a template user to copy from or script it.

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And how do you set up a template user?
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Thanks a lot!

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