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To make it available to all users not just when specific user logs in. Windows 2008.
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by:kola12
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Of course it is posible.  You may use GPO and link it to domain.
In GPO  use script to map windows share
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by:Waddah Dahah
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Hi Paul,

if you are using active directory create a GPO using group policy preferences and link it to the domain,


To create a new Mapped Drive preference item
Open the Group Policy Management Console . Right-click the Group Policy object (GPO) that should contain the new preference item, and then click Edit .

In the console tree under User Configuration , expand the Preferences folder, and then expand the Windows Settings folder.

Right-click the Drive Maps node, point to New , and select Mapped Drive .

In the New Drive Properties dialog box, select an update for Group Policy to perform.

Enter drive map settings for Group Policy to configure or remove.

Click the Common tab, configure any options, and then type your comments in the Description box.

Click OK . The new preference item appears in the details pane.

for more information see : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770902.aspx

or
Using Group Policy Preferences to Map Drives Based on Group Membership
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/01/07/using-group-policy-preferences-to-map-drives-based-on-group-membership.aspx

i hope this will help.
Waddah
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by:paul williams
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Tried using startup scripts and this doesnt work. It just gives disconnected drive.

No easier way then editing group policy? In this organisation change approval will be needed for this.

Really need a way that is local to this server and does not touch anything else.
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by:kola12
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You can link polisy to specific OU. You can use Grou Policy Preferences and set Drive Map.
In my firm Policy with script works perfect.
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by:Waddah Dahah
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Hi paul

have you tried to write the scrip on like the following;

net use j: "\\SERVERNAME\FOLDER\"

and create a schedule to run this script every 1 Min. so whenever the there is a disconnection the schedule will run and create it again.

let me know how it goes.

Thanks,
Waddah
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by:VB ITS
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Have you tried using the /persistent switch with the net use command in your login script?:

net use N: \\Server\Share /persistent:yes
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by:paul williams
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Hmmm. No - is this something you know works or jsut might work?
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by:VB ITS
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It's something that I know works. There could be other factors in your environment that's causing the network drive to show up as disconnected though.

To be safe you can delete the drive first then re-map it in your login script. It's pretty much the norm:
net use N: /delete /y
net use N: \\Server\Share

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by:paul williams
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Still dont understand how I can use Group Policy so that just this one server maps the drive.
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by:Waddah Dahah
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you can use local group policy instead of domain group policy and place the script in the login script.
also did you try schedule the script ?
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by:paul williams
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Yes put script in local group policy start up script - does not work.
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by:Donald Stewart
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Of course a "Start up" does not work....Start up scripts are for computer related tasks. Mapped drives are "User" related and need to be utilized during Logon(Logon script)
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by:paul williams
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Problem Im getting now is it works when I log back in after reboot but not for other users.

To clarify - what I've done now is using gpedit.msc add script in computer configuration/windows settings/scripts/startup which should be performing the map.

Notice it was under user configuration also. Whoch should it be? computer configuration or user configuration?
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by:paul williams
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OK. Getting somewhere. Its just in login script now.
Trouble is its now listed with a red X.

But strangely when you click on the drive it does actually access it.
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by:paul williams
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Of course trouble with this is it wont work for non-logged in users. For instance, oracle installed on the server needs to see this drive.

Is there any way to make this drive visible from a server point of view?
Will it work in startup script?
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by:paul williams
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Thanks. Also, in the comments of the above  - this seems  recommended also
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_symbolic_link

Not sure how to implement though. Basically, I want F: drive mapped to remote share.
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by:paul williams
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Another idea.

mklink /d c:\shares\warehouse \\server1\warehouse
Then set up c:\shares\warehouse as share (call it warehouse)

In STARTUP scripts
net use f: \\localhost\warehouse)

(or substr)
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by:paul williams
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for paul williams's comment #a40574746

for the following reason:

This works fine
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by:Donald Stewart
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Pretty sure I lead you to mklink which you confirm in #a40574736
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by:paul williams
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sorry - great answer
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