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    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:

    Application Data\Microsoft\Excel

    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.

    Action: Create.

    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.

    Any ideas?

    Scrub that. Cracked it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Scrub that. Cracked it now.
    Do tell - someone might be looking to do this themselves.

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    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:

    \\Servername\YOI2008\Username\Cached\

    [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:

    New/Folder

    Action: Create

    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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