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    users H drive setting in AD...why two methods?

    I've just noticed that some of our student accounts have their H: drive set thus:

    Local Path : \\servername\sharename$

    and some are set:

    Connect : H: To: \\servername\sharename$

    What is the difference?

    Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennysarmy View Post
    I've just noticed that some of our student accounts have their H: drive set thus:

    Local Path : \\servername\sharename$
    ...is incorrect, and shouldn't work (but probably does, just in case it's been set like this...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    ...is incorrect, and shouldn't work (but probably does, just in case it's been set like this...)
    incorrect why?

    the pupils login script is:

    net use h: /delete /yes
    net use h: /home


    everyone gets their H:\ drive...but I don't like things being inconsistent...

    any comments anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennysarmy View Post
    incorrect why?

    the pupils login script is:

    net use h: /delete /yes
    net use h: /home


    everyone gets their H:\ drive...but I don't like things being inconsistent...

    any comments anyone?
    Because you can't control the letter that gets assigned to it, and it confuses the issue when troubleshooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Because you can't control the letter that gets assigned to it, and it confuses the issue when troubleshooting.
    so without the login script line:
    net use h: /home

    only those students who have the line in their profile that says
    connect H:\ would get H: \ set as their home drive....

    where would the system get the information to decide which letter to use for those students who have their profile just as :
    Local Path : \\servername\sharename$

    Regards.

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    Personally i would not set these 2 items at all. just do this in your login script.

    regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    Personally i would not set these 2 items at all. just do this in your login script.

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    interesting ...how would you do that though?

    As I understand it the net use h: /home refers back to the information in active directory....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennysarmy View Post
    interesting ...how would you do that though?
    With:

    net use h: \\someserver\%USERNAME%

    or similar. I wouldn't do it though, I'd let AD do the work for me.

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    I always thought the first example, the 'Local Path', was for assigning the home folder on the local computers local hard drive, perhaps 'C:\home\<username>'. And not for connecting the home drive to a network share.

    Personally always used the second example - Connect: N: to \\server\<username>$

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    @tmcd35: correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    I always thought the first example, the 'Local Path', was for assigning the home folder on the local computers local hard drive, perhaps 'C:\home\<username>'. And not for connecting the home drive to a network share.

    Personally always used the second example - Connect: N: to \\server\<username>$
    Of even \\server\usershare\%username%

    No need for individual user shares these days

    Plus using this in AD means you can use if for the my docuements redirections etc. Why do it after in a script if it's actually a defined part of the logon process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    No need for individual user shares these days
    I keep telling my boss this... he disagrees

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    I keep telling my boss this... he disagrees
    I have several shares with different permissions depending on the depth, but since access based enumeration stopped the only "cosmetic" issue with seeing (but not having access) other users folders, I can't think of a single reason to use individual shares.

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    i think the local path one is a legacy one from nt 4 (and possibly earlier) servers. SOme of our older setups are done this ways (or at least older users newer ones) use the connect u: \\server\users$\group\username

    the other way woks fine in my experience but i do have the net use home line in my users logon scripts

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    Can anyone explain why you actually need a home drive any more? We just redirect My Documents to a network share and don't have a home drive.

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