Windows Server 2008 Thread, Create Folder At Logon: Active Directory in Technical; I need to create a nested set of folders in MyDocuments for students when they logon. The folder structure I ...
2nd December 2008, 04:12 PM #1
Create Folder At Logon: Active Directory
I need to create a nested set of folders in MyDocuments for students when they logon. The folder structure I need is as follows:
In Home folder:
I have tried to do this in Active Directory as follows:
User configuration/Windows Settings/Folders
Then in the right hand pane right click New/Folder.
No matter what I do [Creating the entire folder structure all at once or each folder one-by-one] nothing happens. What an I doing wrong?
Server O/S: Windows server 2008 Standard: 64 Bit.
Workstation: Windows XP Pro: SP3.
Scrub that. Cracked it now.
Last edited by DaveP; 2nd December 2008 at 04:48 PM.
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2nd December 2008, 05:43 PM #2
Do tell - someone might be looking to do this themselves.
Originally Posted by DaveP
2nd December 2008, 11:05 PM #3
I will post more tomorrow. Had to leave the office in a hurry today. Now I am in no condition to post a coherent reply [hic] Will detail all in the morning.
3rd December 2008, 07:37 AM #4
Resolved: Create Folder At Logon: Active Directory
Our student users are broken up into year groups in Active Directory [like most schools I suspect] So a year 7 student will be in the Students/YOI2008 OU. The folder structure mirrors the Active Directory structure. The home folder for a Year 7 students is:
[The Cached folder for the MyDocuments is a relic from the old Viglen network I wanted to retain]
To create the folders I wanted at logon I used Group Policy Manager and created a GPO in each student OU and gave it a name which describes the function. Thus for Year 7 the GPO is called:
"YOI2008 Create Custom Folders At Logon"
I then edited this GPO going to:
User Configuration/Windows Settings/Folders.
In the right hand pane I Right clicked and selected:
Path: \\Servername\YOI2008\%Username%\Cached\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel
Attributes ticked: Hidden: Archive
Select the "Common" tab
Tick the box: Run in logged-on user's security context (user policy option)
I then made sure that the changes had been kept did a "GPUpdate /Force" and logged on as a test user in Year 7. It worked I then created a similar GPO for each year group in Active Directory changing only the name of the GPO and the YOI200? value as appropriate.
I don't know why It would not work the first way I tried it [I would have liked it to because that way there would have been one policy to apply to all students] but this way works so I am not going to knock it.
Sorry if this has been a little too wordy but I wanted to be as clear as possible. If anyone can suggest a better way of achieving the same ends I would be happy to hear of it but this is my solution for now.
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