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    Home drive not mapping but the rest do. (GPO)(Server2008r2)(XP)

    Hi,

    At one of my schools we are moving from script based drive mappings to gpo mappings and moving the files to a new server. I have done this many times at other schools without any issues.

    I have removed the mapping entries from the script and created the gpo's.

    When a student logs on to a laptop (All XP) all the drives get mapped to the new server except the home drive which still points to the old server. If I disconnect the home drive, reboot the laptop and logon it links to the new server. I do not want to do this for all laptops and all accounts.

    gpresult has the new server listed.

    What have I missed?

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    It sounds like something possibly related to the user profile. Also, are you using the FQDN? 2008 R2 requires this and XP is perfectly compatible with it.

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    Currently have this \\server\%username%$ which is the same as all the other mapped drives \\server\multimeadia$ \\server\staff etc.

    Also it works if I manually delete the old mapping first.

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    Set it up as \\Servername.domain.name\sharename for each share using GPP. Optionally include $ as you did before too.

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    Isnt the home drive mapping done in AD? i.e. in under user properties>Profile>Home Folder.

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    Yes it is, but the principle is the same - AD for home directory and GPP for all other shares, shared as:

    \\Servername.domain.name\share1
    \\Servername.domain.name\share2
    \\Servername.domain.name\share3 etc..

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    Isnt the home drive mapping done in AD? i.e. in under user properties>Profile>Home Folder.
    The LA who I took over from did all the mapping in a script including the home folder. Rather than going in to all users AD settings I wanted to just add a mapping using GP, which I have done at a few other schools I took over without any issues.

    I will see if it does make a difference using AD but in practice applying the home folder using GP does work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    Currently have this \\server\%username%$ which is the same as all the other mapped drives \\server\multimeadia$ \\server\staff etc.

    Also it works if I manually delete the old mapping first.
    how many users do you have?


    not sure its wise having 2000 shares hanging off a server, can't you share out the root folder like so` and have just one share \\server\users

    \\server\users\students\_2012\johhnynogood

    actually you should really be using DFS for this even if you only have one server and don't intend to replicate because it makes migrating the folders so much easier at a later stage. Its much easier done now then later.

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    not sure its wise having 2000 shares hanging off a server
    Only small primary and each class share a login.

    I have created the home drives using AD and that has worked but how do I remove the long location address next to the drive letter. at the moment it is H:server.domain.lan\pupils\year1 as the other drives just have a letter.

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    Haven't tried on home drive before but you could use a vbscript to do it:

    mDrive = "drive letter"
    Set oShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
    oShell.NameSpace(mDrive).Self.Name = "AnyName"

    or create a GPP to update the drive.
    Last edited by apeo; 11th October 2012 at 09:07 AM. Reason: spelling

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