Group policy preferences 2008 for setting up drives and home directory

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Hi does anyone have a really good walkthrough for using group policy 2008 to set up item targeting for different departmental drives and also allowing access to a users directory, (home directory)

Is there a clean way of doing this, at present they use login.scripts which i would like to do away with, our domain functional level is 2008 ,i have seen a few guides, in the background i am doing a robocopy from a 2003 server to 2012, and when this is completed i will set up the group policy preferences for 2008

Can i get some practical steps alongside a link,  a link on its own is something I can really get myself, looking for someone who has carried this out lately?
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Logon scripts can be nice because all the drive information is right there in the script as opposed to editing lots of GPOs.

However, Use Group policy preferences.  See this article:
  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2009/01/07/using-group-policy-preferences-to-map-drives-based-on-group-membership/

If your users are in generally the same OU, you would create a GPO targeted at each departmental group.  In that GPO set the GPO preferences for the drive mappings for that group.  And so on for each group.  

I've done this a bunch of times and to save myself a bunch of typing, I found these two excellent articles that is exactly what you need to do for both home drives as well as the department drives:
http://www.alexcomputerbubble.com/using-group-policy-preferences-to-map-network-drives-based-on-group-membership/
http://www.alexcomputerbubble.com/using-group-policy-preferences-gpp-to-map-user-home-drive/

Let me know if you have any questions.
yo_beeDirector of Information Technology

Commented:
Please note that the Home directory is not set via GPP. This part is done within  the ADUC  under the Profile tab.

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Commented:
yo_bee I'm pretty sure you're referring to login scripts with bat.files

I'm looking to change this, from what i have seen home directories or user folders to put it more accurately can be set by GPP in 2008 r2
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yo_beeDirector of Information Technology

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If so I have not seen it. Here is a link that highlights what I am saying. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/816313/how-to-assign-a-home-folder-to-a-user

If you do have an example can you post it?

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http://www.alexcomputerbubble.com/using-group-policy-preferences-gpp-to-map-user-home-drive/

Above one from pber found it before as well

As mentioned it's user folders I'm really looking to get completed
yo_beeDirector of Information Technology

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I have to look at this when I have a computer, but it does look like a solution. Not really a setting in GPO, but a crafty way to leverage GPP.
PberSolutions Architect

Commented:
Have you tried that article?  Isn't that exactly what you are trying to do?

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