Moving Files servers to DFS

Hi all,

We are planning to move our file servers which are at 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2 to 2012 R2 DFS solution. The problem is that all our network drives are mapped according to user groups using a software KiXtart to which I am not aware of. This was done by a guy probably 7 8 years ago.

So I need suggestions, do I make a new mapping drive letters to user groups system ? Using powershell? If yes, how will be the best way ?

Or should I stick with kiXtart and try to learn it. In KiXtart, we have it as

If InGroup ("domain\group name")
Use D: "\\servername\sharename$"
endif
and it continues for about 14 drives.

Thanks all.
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Mark GalvinConnect With a Mentor Managing Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Ah ok, nice & simple.

You can either sitck with Kix and change the "\\servername\sharename$" to be the new DFS Path which will most liekly be "\\domainname\sharename$"

OR

If you go GPO you create a new GPO for each Group, set the Drive Marp and then apply that GPO to the relevant Group.

First option is less work.

Second option is more work but will mote options should as Drive Labels etc.

Hope that helps
Mark
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Hi

I used KiXtart for many years before Microsoft introduced Drive Maps in Group Policy and now i use that for all my clients that use DFS Drives.

Depending on the number of users/drives you are talking about here, it may take a little time to get in place but once it is, it will work very well.

Thanks
Mark
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Exchange UserSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Hi Mark,

One is like a Public drive that has to be mapped for 1000+ users. The rest of the drives are usually by department, such as accounts, finance,sales with roughly 100+ users in sales for example. So GPOs will work fine in that ?
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Hi

Absolutely. How many Domain Controllers do you have?

For the public drive setup a GPO as high in the AD tree so that it covers all users and set the drive map for that one drive.

Then for each department, set a new GPO for each one, set the drive maps and then apply the GPO to Departmental Groups etc.
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Exchange UserSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
5 DCs in total. 2 in HQ, 2 in DR site and 1 in the Western branch. Altogether we have 13 branches. But 70% of users are in HQ and DR.

So I cannot do them all in one GPO ? I was just reading about an 'Inclusive Drive Mapping' in which they assign drives to AD security groups using GPO ?
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Haven't ever used  'Inclusive Drive Mapping'  so cant comment.

I presume you are using GPO for other settings currently? If so, do you have one for each Department?

KiXTart was great for writing one script that used if clauses stating if a user was a member of XXXX AD group then give them access to drives1, 2 &7 etc.
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Exchange UserSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
GPOs are mostly general for all user settings in the company. Files and network access levels are controlled by KiXtart login scripts. So this would probably be the first time for me.
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Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:
Can you put in copy of one of the Kix scripts (having removed ll private info) here so that I can see what your Kix script is doing currently?
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Exchange UserSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
This is all it is doing. It is going on and on for 21 times, each time with a different drive letter and group and share name.

If InGroup ("domain\group name")
Use A: "\\servername\sharename$"
endif
If InGroup ("domain\group name")
Use B: "\\servername\sharename$"
endif
If InGroup ("domain\group name")
Use C: "\\servername\sharename$"
endif
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Exchange UserSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
And in the login scrip batch file, we have it like this

\\DC\netlogon\kix32.exe \\DC\netlogon\login.kix
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Exchange UserSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks alot for your time and suggestions !
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