GPO to create Network Location in File Explorer


  • When you manually create a ‘network location’ to a network file share in File explorer it has the following characteristics: 
    - The share shows up to the left in the Navigation Pane
    - The share, with a special icon, is displayed under ‘Network Locations’ at the bottom of the center pane
    - The path to the share is shortened to only the share name; for example even, though the real path is “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts\Share (server.domain.local)” the address bar will show the share path instead “\\server.domain.local\share\”; This is important because file names, including the path, can only have 255 characters

    Add a network locationIcon

    Does anyone know of a way to use Group Policy to automate creating a Network Location in File Explorer? 

    P.S. I do not want to use mapped drive letters!

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:30 PM

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