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    CC3 - how is drive mapping actually done?

    Can anyone tell me how CC3 goes about mapping network drives? What I mean is how Windows actually does it underneath. So when a domain workstation is booted up how the drives are mapped. Is this set when the machine is built and then managed locally from that point or is it done by the domain controller when the machine boots up? If so, where is this managed - can I see/control this using the active directory tools on the server?

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    Drive and printer mapping is done at startup, and can be done at the location or workstation level in the RMMC and remember that interitance applies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallwood_6 View Post
    Drive and printer mapping is done at startup, and can be done at the location or workstation level in the RMMC and remember that interitance applies.
    Yes I know how RMMC handles it. What I want to know is exactly how this is effected by Windows.

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    Drives are mapped by the RM Station Delivery App that replaces the windows mechanism. This is to deliver location specific drives and printers defined in RMMC, that the windows mechanism can't do (AFAIK).

    When you login, RM Station Delivery connects to AD to get information on the machines location and appropriate drives and printers are mapped (as defined in RMMC). This runs at each login, so replacing the previous drives and printers.

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    Yep - As Mark says - StnDeliv2.exe is the program that actually maps the network drives and printers during each user's log on. The RM Package name is "RM Stndeliv".

    If you were doing it via windows you would have to use log on scripts and it wouldn't work nearly as smoothly!

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    Last edited by Butuz; 30th March 2009 at 01:37 PM.

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    Thanks.

    So that app runs locally on each machine? Where does it get its info from? Is there a corresponding ini file for each workstation or something?

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    It gets its info direct from AD/ADSI

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    And where would I go to look at drive mappings there?

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    To all intents and purposes you dont... Drive mappings and Printer allocations are all set using th RMMC. You should never need to view the backend info. If you're having problems viewing either, I'd raise a support call with RM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nozza View Post
    Thanks.

    So that app runs locally on each machine? Where does it get its info from? Is there a corresponding ini file for each workstation or something?
    Yep local app that gets its info from AD

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    I've solved the actual issue now but I'm interested in knowing what happens. If the station delivery app gets its info from AD then I'm wondering where in AD that info is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nozza View Post
    If the station delivery app gets its info from AD then I'm wondering where in AD that info is.
    Interesting question and one I'm not sure answer of.

    Hmm perhaps take a look in the log files after login, might give some clues?:

    c:\program files\research machines\network management\logfiles\Station Delivery Map Drive.csv

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    I'm pretty sure I've seen it in ADSI Edit whilst in there for RM on a support call. The info is not viewable through ADUC snappin if I remember correctly.

    I wouldn't advise fiddling around in there though as RM do tend to frown at that kinda thing. If you're just having problems with Drive mappings and printer allocation in one room, they'd probably advise recreating the room.
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    On our locations, there are additional RM attributes beginning with rmCom2000.....

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    Yep, I used the relevant attribute in a script to tell me about all the drive mappings (which is lots better than the RMMC RSI-inducing alternative). It's:

    rmCom2000-StnMgr-driveMappings

    Which holds a comma separated list of mappings for that location/station (AD OU/AD Computer object).

    [If you can't figure viewing that with native utils, just get SysInternals ADExplorer]

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