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    map drive to users server directory, not share

    Hi all,

    I can map a drive (so to speak) to the share, but i wanted to map a drive to the users folder inside the share, each of our students do not have their own network share, but instead it goes \\servername\students\surname_letter\username

    and thats the folder i want to map. is there any way i can do this?

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    i have always been old school and used net use H: \\servername\students\surname_letter\%username% or if the home folder is set in AD, then use net use h: /home

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    net use doesnt work on osx ?

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    is there not another equivalent?

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    lol, thats exactly what i was asking

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrunt View Post
    Hi all,

    I can map a drive (so to speak) to the share, but i wanted to map a drive to the users folder inside the share, each of our students do not have their own network share, but instead it goes \\servername\students\surname_letter\username

    and thats the folder i want to map. is there any way i can do this?
    AD bound macs can map the AD specified home folder automatically with smb or afp. This can be pointed to a separate server with the same share names by altering the hosts file on the mac if desired.

    If you want to mount a folder that is not their AD home, that is not the same path for all users, then you will most likely have to do the mount with a logon script

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    DMcCoy, "AD bound macs can map the AD specified home folder automatically with smb or afp. This can be pointed to a separate server with the same share names by altering the hosts file on the mac if desired." - how do we go about doing this then?

    And do you have any kind of logon script that could achive this?

    Thanks

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    What is the path you are trying to mount? Which part of the below path is the share?

    \\servername\students\surname_letter\username

    Last time I tried, OS X will only mount as far as \\Server\Share\Subfolder, it won't mount beyond the first subfolder for a home (same with afp). Do you want to point them to the AD home folder or are their files on a seperate server?

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    \\ccdata03\students\a\0900000 "students" being the share.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrunt View Post
    \\ccdata03\students\a\0900000 "students" being the share.

    Thanks for your help.
    OS X will only look for the folder at the root of the volume. The share is always \\Server\Share it has no concept of mapping a subfolder. The only way to get client to use 0900000 as the home folder would be for the share to be at "a"

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    yeah thats what i thought, is there no way i can script something to make an alias or something ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrunt View Post
    yeah thats what i thought, is there no way i can script something to make an alias or something ?
    Be careful here, as DMcCoy has said Mac OS X Server will have problems mapping to any more than 3 OU's deep......

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    ou????

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrunt View Post
    yeah thats what i thought, is there no way i can script something to make an alias or something ?
    I'm not sure it will matter what you do it will always mount the share root, and doesn't look beyond that for a home folder. You could still mount the share and access the data as it is, but you will not be able to use it as the "home folder".

    I had to reorganise my entire file sharing with multiple shares to get macs working correctly with the home folder, even then I'm not even using the same server and also use AFP (which has the same limitation). Does the cc03 part indicate that it's a RM network? My is standard so I was free to reorganise as needed.

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    What is it that you are trying to do? Are you trying to make it so that users don't have to navigate through a tonne of folders to their home dir?

    Would it Ok to place their home dir in the dock? There is a tick box when managing the dock preferences to do this very thing. It makes the whole process simpler, but of course only if this is what you are wanting to do.

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