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Changing "Home Folder" name in windows server 2019 without renaming it locally in each computer or by using login script

Hi,

I have windows server 2019. I created a home folder for all users and it's working fine. My question is there any way that can be done to change the home folder name without going to each computer and renaming the drive or by adding a login script?


I found the below script from (https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/7bbf68de-4573-4c1d-bf72-d30f7c3477f7/home-folder-drive-mapping-adding-a-label?forum=winserverDS)

but I did not use it. I do not want to use login script.


Option Explicit
 Dim objNetwork, strDrive, objShell, objUNC
 Dim strRemotePath, strDriveLetter, strNewName

 strDriveLetter = "z:"
 strRemotePath = "\\server\home"
 strNewName = "HomeDrive"

' Section which actually (re)names the Mapped Drive
 Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
 objShell.NameSpace(strDriveLetter).Self.Name = strNewName

 WScript.Quit

' End of script. 

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Windows OSWindows Server 2019Active Directory

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NVIT

8/22/2022 - Mon
arnold

How are ypu pushing the "Home Folder" to the users?

To what end?
I can not interpret your scenario.

Lets say I am one of your users .
Is This an RDS setup?
How do I as a user access it.

Is this a share to which you redirect folders,

I.e. Currently \\server2019\soneshare\%username%\
You want to move the sharename to another drive where there is more space?
Math Tec

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@arnold.Thank you for your reply.

Is This an RDS setup? No, it's login to the domain locally.

How do I as user access it? Is this a share to which you redirect folders? I created a shared folder with NTFS permission then at the user profile I assigned the path as " \\server2019\share\%username%\"  which shows to the user in my computer as a shared hard drive.
I want to rename this hard drive which is the home folder. Actually, this can be done by login script or by going to each computer and renaming it. I do not want to use a login script. additionally, it's not useful to go and rename it from each computer. Are there any other ways to do that?

Do you want to move the share name to another drive where there is more space? What do you mean? can you explain? I just want to rename the home folder name.  

Regards                            
   
arnold

Can you provide an example of what you are talking about.

What does the user see?
Often if you push the home folder using the properties of the user account within the AD.
it will show up as the username/name of the user representing the folder.

Is this also the destination to which you are redirecting user folders, documents, desktop, start menu. downloads, favorites, etc.

I am trying to see what you are trying to achieve.

i.e. on the server the share is on d:\myuserfolders accessed as sharename (share portion name of share) but your D: drive is running out of space and you want to relocate the folder to e:\mynewusershare.
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NVIT

> I want to rename this hard drive which is the home folder. I do not want to use a login script. additionally, it's not useful to go and rename it from each computer. Are there any other ways to do that?

You may be able to do this from the command line via the REG command.

The user can do it from the command line.

Replace ##Server#Sharename#Foldername with your actual values

OldName
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2\##Server#Sharename#Foldername" /f /v "_LabelFromReg" /t REG_SZ /d "NewName"

NewName
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NVIT

Forgot to mention... It works with %username% also, e.g.

 reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2\##Server#Sharename#Foldername" /f /v "_LabelFromReg" /t REG_SZ /d "%username%"
Math Tec

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Hi,
Thank you for your reply. Below are the steps that I had done
1- Created share folder in the server with NTFS permission
2- Assign home directory to user from AD user and computer - user profile - under tab Home Folder.

3- The folder will show to the user as below4- I did not use Map drive to push the folder to the users. I did not use GPO. It's not Folder redirection. This folder will allow the users to save their data inside it.
5- I do know I can rename the drive locally from each computer. (this is not useful)
6- I do know this can be done using the Login script. ( I do not want to use login script)
7- I am looking to do that in an easy way

Thanks
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arnold

The name is reflecting the username whose folder it is.

What is the issue that necessitates the change you are pursuing?

Try using the Group policy preference as a test and push the same mapping to see whether the naming in that interface is what you are after.
NVIT

You said you don't want to use a Login script. So, looks like your options left are:

1. Group policy preference (gpp) as Arnold mentioned
2. Registry key changed as I posted prior, which can be set via script or gpp
3. Some other script method... but that's essentially like the login script, right?

On another note... your last post image shows "This what will show to users and I want to change this name \\server\Homedir to name "My Personal Files"

Just to clarify, you want to change it to My Personal Files for all users?