Group Policy Shortcut with IP Range

I've got a few GPs for putting Network Shares on Win7 Desktops and Favorites. It works amazing well; however, I found an instance on Friday where it needs some tweaking.

The Network Shares are coming off a Meta-Data Controller that has two Nodes for fail-over. This is great because the system keeps chugging away if one Node hiccups or fails completely. The issue though is that the average user doesn't realize that there are two Nodes, what a Node even is, and how to access the shares from the other Node's IP address (or what an IP address is...). On Friday Node A must have went down momentarily and then Node B became the primary Node. This caused all of the Shares to then be hosted by whereas everyone's GP setting for the Desktop and Favorites Shortcuts is

Is there a way in GP to set up the Shortcuts to use an IP range rather than just the static IP address for Node A? That way if Node B because the primary everyone's not freaked out that they've "lost everything!!!"?
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
I have never seen that in GP, you could use two shortcuts, or better yet a cluster IP?

Another option if clustering is not an option, would be to create a DNS A record. from Microsoft will explain, assuming you are using MS DNS.
fatboy1271Author Commented:
Thanks Bryant. I will investigate into the DNS A Record and I think that may be the correct path. I will update as I learn.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
using a fixed ip address is not something you'd use for a cluster.  you should be using the SAN's address and the SAN will direct the traffic to the applicable node

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
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fatboy1271Author Commented:
I know this was closed because I didn't respond; however, I did find the correct answer to my question: How to exclude individual users or computers from a Group Policy Object

This was 100% what I was looking for, very easy, and very helpful!!!

From the link above, full credit to Alan Burchill:

Step 1. Open the Group Policy Object that you want to apply an exception and then click on the “Delegation” tab and then click on the “Advanced” button.

Step 2. Click on the “Add” button and select the group (recommended) that you want to exclude from having this policy applied.

Step 3. In this example I am excluding the “Users GPO Exceptions” group for this policy. Select this group in the “Group or user names” list and then scroll down the permission and tick the “Deny” option against the “Apply Group Policy” permission.

Now any members of this “User GPO Exceptions” security group will not have this Group Policy Object applied. Having a security group to control this exception makes it much easier to control as someone only needs to modify the group membership of the group to makes changes to who (or what) get the policy applied. This makes the delegation of this task to level 1 or level 2 support much more practical as you don’t need to grant them permission to the Group Policy Objects.
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