Our file server is Windows 2008 R2 with Windows 7 clients mainly, a handful of Windows 8.1 and a few XP clients.
I would like to stop using drive letters for mapping users to network shares and would prefer to map by any arbitrary name I choose. We only have and need 1 file server to host all users data on a VM in the SAN so I don't see DFS as a solution since there is only 1 file server in the environment. I know you can map by UNC name \\server\sharename but when it comes to Group Policy Preferences and AD user profiles home directory, it seems you must pick a drive letter to map to the share.
I'd like to use Group Policy Preferences to do this but want to get away from the "mapped drive letters".
For example, if I was sharing Departments and had HR, Accounting and Sales subfolders, etc... under the root of Departments and was using Access Based Enumeration and Sally needed to get to HR and Accounting , how would I accomplish her having her view to her data in My Computer show "Departments" (or any name of choice) instead of Z:\server\departments or \\server\departments?