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How to mount a virtual hard disk with a letter drive to my active directory users?

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Hello guys,

I am trying to create a virtual hard disk drive with the letter D:/ or E:/ to all the users within my active directory. Basically i want when someone, a user,login within the active directory to be able to see that virtual hard disk drive, on his/her computer. Somehow the server to mount that drive. I have never done anything like that before and some people mentioned me to create a .vhd file and do it through GPOs. Never created a .vhd file before. I am using a Windows Server 2012 R2.
Please Advice

Rgrds

Andreas
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by:Santosh Gupta
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Hi,

you can create the Virtual Disk and Mount it to your Server.
see how to create the Virtual disk. (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc742509.aspx)

To create a virtual hard disk  1.
Open Hyper-V Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

2.In the Action pane, click New, and then click Hard Disk.

3.Proceed through the pages of the wizard to customize the virtual hard disk. You can click Next to move through each page of the wizard, or you can click the name of a page in the left pane to move directly to that page.

4.After you have finished configuring the virtual hard disk, click Finish.


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Now use the Group policy to MAP that drive to all users that you want.
http://www.howtogeek.com/99403/it-how-to-map-network-drives-on-windows-clients-via-group-policy/
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by:AndreasChristoforides
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I cannot see  Hyper-V Manager on my Microsoft Server 2012 R2. When trying to add roles and features , so I can add Hyper-V I get the message:

Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running.
The Validation process found problems on the server to which you want o install features. The selected features are not compatible with the current configuration of your selected server.
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by:Santosh Gupta
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go to search and find the "Hyper-V", seems its already installed.
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by:AndreasChristoforides
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Still Cant see Hyper-V anywhere Santosh :(
Is it probably because i have something else installed and it wont let me install it?
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by:Santosh Gupta
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Do you have virtual Server ?

if you dont have virtual server then why you are looking for virtual disk ?

Please explain you purpose.... and available space.


if you have enough disk space then you can directly use MAP drive for users.
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by:AndreasChristoforides
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Yes i have a virtual server. The Purpose it is that i want to create a Virtual disk so i can then mount it, and through GPO to add a policy to specific users when they will log in to be able to use the virtual hard drive. But now you make me think Santosh if this is worth it since i can use MAP drive for users !!! hmmm :)
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Yes,

if you have enough disk space then directly map the disk , with Group policy to MAP that drive to all users that you want.

http://www.howtogeek.com/99403/it-how-to-map-network-drives-on-windows-clients-via-group-policy/ 


Also it will reduce the dependency if your virtual machine that VM is running or not.
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by:AndreasChristoforides
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God Bless you Santosh !:) Thank you so much for your help my friend ! I appreciate it a lot !
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