Group Policy Preferences, Drive maps and Remote Desktop Services

Posted on 2016-10-25
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We are currently running RDS on 2008 and are having issues with GPP drive maps. Basically we have policy that applies fine for users on first log in, but the issue is we have some Generic logins. so for example when ABCAdmin logs in initially drives are mapped. However if another user logs in as ABCAdmin on the same server it seems to log in much quicker without applying the policy. its as if its not running it again becasue the user is 'already' logged in. no errors in event viewer..
Can anyone offer any advice?
I have tried the 'Process even if the gropup policy has not changed option', swapped replace and update around as well as the re-connect option.
What are we missing?

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kevinhsieh earned 500 total points (awarded by participants)
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My experience is that if a second person logs in under the same username,  is that login will take over the original session. I also set my servers to permit only a single login per user.

Having shared logins is bad for oh so many reasons,  and this may be one of them. Have you considered giving everyone a unique login?
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Mahesh earned 500 total points (awarded by participants)
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if user is already logged on to server from one machine and if from another machine another user if using same login, this is what I am expecting because policy is already applied and active on 1st session as ultimately user profile remains same

Before logging on to server from another machine with same account, if original logon is logged off, then policy should get applied again

Better you could restrict each user to single session so that he can take over the original session and no need to apply policy again

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Giving unique logins isnt an option at the moment becasue of the way teh company has been set up over the years.
I appreciate and understand both comments but still need to find a resolution for this. is there no way to force policy to apply each time?
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Coralon earned 1000 total points (awarded by participants)
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You are going to have conflicts trying to do this..
The mapped drives are stored in the user's registry, and even with multiple sessions, they are sharing the same registry... it is just not going to work correctly or consistently.

You need to force them to use different accounts if they are going to be on at the same time..

The only other possible option would be to move to a login script that account, and have it try multiple drive letters as it tries to find a letter to map.. that will prevent them from stepping on each other..

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