How do you do....it? Thread, Shortcuts to multiple student area's? in Technical; I am trying to be helpful by creating a shortcut to a students home drives but by class.
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16th September 2008, 02:36 PM #1
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16th September 2008, 03:23 PM #2
Just use shortcuts to the unc's instead?
They can then be put in your shared area for all staff?
16th September 2008, 03:24 PM #3
As in right click -> new shortcut.
16th September 2008, 03:29 PM #4
How about in the 'all students' directory just grouping them in folders by class?
16th September 2008, 03:34 PM #5
And then deny them access to the ones they don't need (i.e. only allow them to access the folder for their year)
Originally Posted by Domino
16th September 2008, 09:55 PM #6
We store user folders in "d: \ users \ yearofentry \ form \ username \"
The for the restricted number of staff that are allowed read-access we map the "d: \ users \" to a drive letter ( H: ).. now they just complain they don't know what forms people are in.
I do provide a link called "Year 07" that sends to "h: \ 08 \" etc.. but they are getting confused that year 8 started in 07 and year 7 started in 08..
If all your user folders are within the same "d: \ users \" (or wherever), and you don't want to move them, you could create another share called "home" map this to another drive letter, and then within this create a folder per form/class /year, then within these folders create links to the users UNC path a la "\\servername\usershare".
16th September 2008, 10:27 PM #7
presuming you have an OU for each year intake do the mapped drives get mapped on a per year basis ( in which case you could make a script for each year and assign it as a logon script per each OU ) or can you explain in detail how you want the drives mapped exactly just so I am clear on how you do it.
17th September 2008, 09:21 AM #8
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Thanks for the replies, the shortcuts is something i may have a go at.
Sorry about not explaining very well.
Our students do sit in a yeargroup OU and their Homedrives are in subfolders of intake year.
The unc to their root would be \\server\students\08smithjon$
So we haven't grouped them by any particular class.
I would like to give the teachers of DIDA classes, a simple way of browsing all their DIDA students work without trawling through 160 accounts.
Example a folder called DIDA class 1 with shortcuts to all the relavant student homedrives inside.
I hope that makes more sense.
I do think the shortcut scenario will work, it will be a bit of a long slog to set them all up for the three relevant teachers, but is seems the only solution.
I was thinking about a way of publishing DIDA students as web folders, but my knowledge on this is minimal.
Last edited by steele_uk; 17th September 2008 at 12:07 PM.
17th September 2008, 12:06 PM #9
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Just created multiple shortcuts (as suggested - thanks Ben) on the targeted students from the Yeargroup container and placed the shortcuts in a staff share under the a class folder.
Crude, but is eactly what they were after.
17th September 2008, 12:07 PM #10
Cool glad you got it sorted, don't forget you can also use the thanks button to thank people.
Thanks to plexer from:
steele_uk (17th September 2008)
17th September 2008, 12:46 PM #11
If all the pupils in the class are in a security group then you could script this:
The code below assumes you're looking for a form called "form7a" and you want a set of shortcuts creating in C:\temp\shortcuts - amend as appropriate.
It queries AD to get the distinguished name of the group; having got that, it gets a list of members and for each member finds the home drive and then creates a shortcut for each one.
If you don't have the pupils in groups based on forms then I think it would be worth doing; it makes all sorts of things easier!
sFolder=sRootFolder & sGroup
Set oConn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
oConn.Provider = "ADsDSOObject"
Set oCommand = CreateObject("ADODB.Command")
oCommand.ActiveConnection = oConn
oCommand.CommandText = "<LDAP://" & sRoot & ">;(&(objectCategory=group)(name=" & sGroup & "));distinguishedname;subTree"
Set oRS = oCommand.Execute
if not ors.eof then
wscript.echo "No such group"
if not ofso.folderexists(sFolder) then ofso.createfolder(sFolder)
set oGroup=getobject("LDAP://" & sDN1)
for each oMember in oGroup.members
set oUser=getobject("LDAP://" & sDN2)
set oShortcut=oShell.createshortcut(sFolder & "\" & sName & ".lnk")
oShortcut.description="Home folder for " & sName
Thanks to srochford from:
steele_uk (17th September 2008)
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