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    Map Home Drive via GPO

    Hello all,

    I can't seem to get home drives to map correctly with Windows 7 Pro and 2008 R2, yet all other network drives are mapping correctly.

    Users documents are mapped as \\SERVERNAME\USERNAME$

    Folder Redirection set as 'Basic' > 'Redirect to the user's home directory'

    I logon and the H:\ drive does not map.

    I've played with the 'Drive Maps' option using common Windows variables and none of them work. I don't wish to use scripts as everything else is being processed by GPO.

    Any ideas? TIA

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    This is what the event logs say:

    Event ID 1085

    Absolutely brilliant Microsoft, now how do I fix this?

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    are you trying with an account with administrative rights are you? there is some security thing ms has done which stops it

    T

    if you are see this

    http://www.proposedsolution.com/solu...7-vista-login/
    Last edited by glennda; 21st September 2011 at 03:10 PM.

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    I've tried this, it makes no difference! Thanks for the suggestion though.

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    Right I have fixed the problem, so I thought I would share it!

    I can confirm there was no problem with the server, policies or scripts (as I am not using any scripts now).

    The problem was created because of a memory card reader in a 3.5" bay. With Windows XP and a memory card reader, the drives would appear visible in My Computer irrelevant if there was a memory card inserted or not. With Windows 7 (and possibly Vista) this behaviour is different.

    I changed the home drive letter from H:\ to Z:\ which cured the problem, then I had a look at Computer Management (on the workstation). Windows 7 had allocated letters E: to I: with the memory card reader, but the drives are not visible in Computer. They're only visible when a memory card is inserted.

    Moral of the story, why have Microsoft hidden the drive letters? If a drive letter has been allocated, it should be visible in Computer!

    Here are the GPO settings I used

    All user areas are mapped as \\SERVER\user$

    Folder Redirection

    \\SERVER\%Username%$\AppData\Roaming

    Documents - Redirect to the user's home directory

    Pictures - Follow the Documents Folder

    Music - Follow the Documents Folder

    Videos - Follow the Documents Folder

    \\SERVER\%Username%$\Favorites

    \\SERVER\%Username%$\Contacts

    \\SERVER\%Username%$\Downloads

    \\SERVER\%Username%$\Links

    \\SERVER\%Username%$\Searches

    \\SERVER\%Username%$\Saved Searches

    Drive Maps

    Map the drive letters as you would normally

    \\SERVER\SHARE

    Tick Reconnect

    Give a label and choose a drive letter (that's it).

    You do not need to map the home directory here. This is done on the profile tab of a user.

    Managing User Documents

    Since Windows Vista and Windows 7, user home directories will all be renamed 'My Documents', but there's a simple way around this without using scripts!

    Navigate to the folder where your home directories are located. Right click in the column 'Size' > 'More...'

    Select 'Filename' in the list, then click OK. The username will now be displayed

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    I had the same issue with a multipoint server that had a card reader.

    I reallocated its drive letters in disk management.

    Usbdlm would also be an option.

    Ben

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    I decided to just change a few of the affected drive letters, so H:\ is now J:\ for example.

    It's not a good idea hiding drive letters which have been allocated in my opinion. I never had this issue with XP as the letters were visible. Although Windows 7 is great when it works, I don't ever re-call having as many problems when first deploying XP all those years ago.

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    Another one to look out for is locally connected USB printers with built in memory card readers. You guessed it, it uses up another drive letter but remains hidden! I had to re-configure network drives a third time this morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Since Windows Vista and Windows 7, user home directories will all be renamed 'My Documents', but there's a simple way around this without using scripts!

    Navigate to the folder where your home directories are located. Right click in the column 'Size' > 'More...'

    Select 'Filename' in the list, then click OK. The username will now be displayed
    Sweeeeeeeet!! 'Hugs'

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    Aww thanks. My first Edugeek hug

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    I use USBDLM USB Drive Letter Manager - USBDLM to fix the drive letter problems. You can assign with drive letters card readers and usb pens get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    It's not a good idea hiding drive letters which have been allocated in my opinion. I never had this issue with XP as the letters were visible.
    You would have still had exactly the same problem with XP though. H: wouldn't be mapped to the home directories.

    Windows 7's behaviour is better IMO because users don't waste time or get frustrated randomly clicking drives until they find the one used by their memory card. Due to Sod's law it's always the last one.

    Like andyrite, we use USBDLM to prevent card readers assigning 4 or more drive letters to empty slots. This is a problem the card reader manufacturers should have solved a long time ago.

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    You would have still had exactly the same problem with XP though. H: wouldn't be mapped to the home directories.
    The thing is, some memory card readers would of used up visible drive letters in XP and others don't until you plug a device into the card reader I've noticed. With 7, any memory card reader I have used automatically takes up a letter and it is hidden in Explorer and only visible in Computer Management.

    I would of detected the problem in 5 minutes under XP, as it would of been obvious from Explorer the drive letter was taken up. The error logs didn't help at all, it just failed to process the policy. It would of been useful if it mentioned the letter in question had already been allocated. A clue would of been nice, but you live and learn!

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    Always tried to keep shares starting at the end of the alphabet for this reason. Local drives start at beginning, including USB drives or anything connected to a USB hub (memory slots etc.). I've had the experience while installing XP of C: drive appearing on a HP printers USB port and the printer was hidden in a cupboard :-(.

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    Update 12.10.11. If you find Folder Redirection is intermittent (as I did), you need to specify the FQDN when specifying paths. This has fixed ALL my Folder Redirection problems. I hope this helps someone else!

    Folder Redirection Update

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\%Username%$\AppData\Roaming

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\Icons\Curriculum\Desktop

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\Icons\Curriculum\Start Menu

    Documents - Redirect to the user's home directory

    Pictures - Follow the Documents Folder

    Music - Follow the Documents Folder

    Videos - Follow the Documents Folder

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\%Username%$\Favorites

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\%Username%$\Contacts

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\%Username%$\Downloads

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\%Username%$\Links

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\%Username%$\Searches

    \\SERVER.domain.domain\%Username%$\Saved Searches



    This works on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

    Permissions

    On the Icons share, specify the following permissions:

    Everyone - Read & execute, List folder contents, Read

    CREATOR OWNER

    Administrators (DOMAIN\Administrators) - Full Control

    Also make DOMAIN\Administrators the Owner of the Icons share too.
    Last edited by Michael; 12th October 2011 at 01:10 PM.

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