UNC path alias

I would like to configure an alias for the shared data location which could be changed from time to time.
Say current data is currently located on \\server1\share1 on windows 2008 R2server
I would like set a variable  DATAROOT  Set dataroot=\\server1\shared
And point all of my UNC paths to dataroot\path… instead of \\server1\share1
So next time when I changed shared server I don’t have to look for all UNC pointers in many files and just change  Set dataroot=\\server2\shared
My question is
1.      Where exactly do I SET dataroot statement in my default domain group policy ?
2.      How will UNC path syntax should look like when using dataroot instead of \\server1\share ?
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Kanti PrasadCommented:

Look at how to set the  Folder Redirection option


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To answer your question:

1. To configure a new drive mapping or recreate a drive mapping, type a fully qualified UNC path for the network share (such as \\server\sharename, \\server\hiddenshare$, or \\server\sharename\foldername). Alternatively, you can use built-in Group Policy Preference variables by pressing F3 and selecting a variable from the Variable browser.


2. I am not sure if you can directly apply a custom variable for UNC path through the GPO drive mapping UI.  This may help: http://blogs.technet.com/b/grouppolicy/archive/2009/05/13/environment-variables-in-gp-preferences.aspx
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