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Posted on 2014-04-08
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Hi Experts,

I have Server 2008 running and we use a lot of shares in our company.
Now I need another letter for a drive.
How can I do this and provide another share ?
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Question by:Eprs_Admin
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by:Pramod Ubhe
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You can mount a new volume on existing drive.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938934.aspx
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by:Scott Thomson
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Can you give us some more details??

Are you saying that your server has so many drives individually that you have used all 26 letters of the alphabet?

Are you able to show us the volumes so we can get a better understanding of your setup? sounds to me like you are creating drives where there doesn't necessarily need to be one and you could keep the drives as 1 and just create a share path?

Anyway a little more info and some pics would go great to help with the explanation.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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I don´t mean drives on the Server.
But I have a lot of shares for different departments.
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by:Scott Thomson
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So some departments have to map so many drives that they are using up all the drive letters on their login? if I understand correctly?
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by:Dirk Mare
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Why not just centralize all your shares into one Folder let's call the folder Misc (for Miscellaneous) move all your shared folders into this one and then just setup sharing on the Misc folder and create a Map drive to the share, set up your permissions correctly for each department and group folder and enable Access based Enumeration and you're good to go.

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Scott Thomson earned 250 total points
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Great Dirk - you came in and swooped on me :( haha

But yes when you came back with your answer that was exactly what I was going to suggest.

What he is basically saying is
1. Consolidate all the shares needed by each department into 1 main parent directory share
2. Go into this share and instead of 27 drives instead map the "Finance" department to a single share.
3. After you map to the 1 share with all the subshares now in 1 place. Go through and apply a security permission to each of the previously mapped "shares" that are now just a "folder"

So all users map to a massive folder and then only have access to their specific folder based on their security permissions as part of the group that they belong to

IE "Finance - Accounting" would map to \\finance\groups
just like all the other users and see their folders in other sections of accounting. but based on their security permissions they would only access the folder "Accounting"

This is much better for multiple reasons.
1. Less drive mappings = faster logins
2. Just less drive mappings for you to worry about scripting or users manually mapping (saves hours!!)
3. It allows easier access across multiple disciplines with just a security permission

There are no downsides if done correctly. just faster network, happier users, faster login times

Hope this helps and if you need further examples or step by step I am happy to help you :)
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by:Scott Thomson
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Thanks for the acceptance eprs_admin

Of course this is no simple project and most likely will take a few weeks of thinking and migration of data and some user configurations.

But if you get stuck at any time just post a new question and we are here to help :-)
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