Various Windows computers logon script to Synology NAS
Posted on 2014-09-04
I have a client (old people's home) who is a not for profit organization. They have a variety of computers that have passed through multiple hands (Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1 Pro)
Now the issue is that I convinced them to put in a NAS for all there critical data and backups. Which setup fine and works great. However when it comes to sharing the data across multiple computers it becomes problematic.
So I made multiple users:
USER 1 - (Admin user gets to see everything, can backup)
USER 2 - (Limited user gets to see just Physio documents)
USER 3 - (Backup only user)
I made multiple documents folders:
Admin Documents, Physio Documents
I thought that I could on each computer set a mapped network drive to the user accounts previously mentioned. This works for some, but if the NAS is off or not contactable the mapped drive would stop working.
Also if multiple users on one system were to access the NAS only the first user permissions apply, unless a restart is provided.
You can imagine what a pain this is. Even logging out doesn't release the access to the NAS.
Another thing is that the Synology Backup requires a specific Admin user to run the backup (makes sense) but then conflicts if the user logging onto the computer is User 2 (Limited Access)
I guess what I'm asking is there a way without using a Server to give each user (Multiple user accounts on one computer) access to the NAS and backup functions?
I'm thinking that the main issue is with the Synology Backup conflicting with the mapped network drive. Seeing that for whatever reason you can't have two user account access to the NAS at any given time.
Also I would like to know what is the Best Practice in this environment to deal with Mapped Network drives and attributing that to Logon scripts in GPO.