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Drive Mapping Preferences - allow drives to remap if user "disconnects" during session

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  • Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking into a solution to an issue I currently have with utilising Group Policy Drive Mapping Preferences.

    Currently, if a user logs on, has the preference applied, and runs a GPUpdate /force, they need to logout/logon for the drive mapping to be successful. To my understanding and from what I have been reading, this is standard behaviour.

    I have the following questions:

    1. If a user is connected to a VPN (i.e. external to your network) and they run a GPUpdate /force, they'll be required to logoff/logon in order to have the drive mapped. If they logoff/logon again while they're not on LAN, will the drive still map?
    2. The person who owns the direct relationship with the business and ICT wanted to know if there was a way using preferences (currently we're using Logon Scripts, with the view to shift to drive mapping preferences in the not too distant future) to reconnect the network drives in the event of the drives being disconnected either from logoff/logon (i.e. due to the drives not being persistent), or if the user accidently disconnects the drive while in their session on their computer. Currently, they would have to run a GPUpdate /force, then logoff/logon. I would like to know if we can eliminate the need to logoff/logon in order to get the drives remapped. This question/requirement is also applicable with my first question (for users off the network connecting via VPN).

    I've read through a few articles which discuss changing registry settings for Back Ground Processing for Drive Mapping Preferences, and wether it should be done or not. Please see below links:

    http://techibee.com/group-policies/all-about-drive-mapping-in-group-policy-preferences/202

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/12221.troubleshooting-the-drive-maps-preference-extension-in-group-policy-replace-mode-only-maps-the-drive-every-other-logon.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0#Set_the_NoBackgroundPolicy

    I have tested the first URL, but I'm not getting the result I was after (i.e. if the Drive has been disconnected/unmapped during the user session, if I run a gpupdate /force, the drive should remap).

    Any insight into this issue and how I could overcome this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Simon.

    Sunday, June 28, 2015 11:31 PM

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  • As an FYI, I've found that it is possible to do what I after with WIndows 8.1 as per the below link:

    http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2013/07/new-background-drive-mappings-in-windows-8-1/

    My question more so relates to the possibility of this happening for Windows 7 Clients.

    Cheers,

    Simon

    Monday, June 29, 2015 12:20 AM
  • > My question more so relates to the possibility of this happening for
    > Windows 7 Clients.
     
    No, it isn't. If you require drives to remap without a logoff/logon on
    W7, you cannot use GPP, but should implement a script that the user can run.
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

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    Monday, June 29, 2015 7:38 AM
  • Hmmm,

    I find it strange then that the behaviour has then been changed within windows 8.1 if it was deemed a big issue in Windows 7?

    Anyway, on another note, while troubleshooting, it seems like some of the Computer Policy Settings. E.g the following settings arent applying when the policy applies. The First screenshot shows the policy admin template settings that should be applying:

    The next screenshot shows the RSOP from the machine after a GPUpdate /Force:

    No errors in the event logs or traces...

    Any Ideas on why that may be happening???

    Monday, June 29, 2015 12:24 PM
  • > The next screenshot shows the RSOP from the machine after a GPUpdate /Force:
     
    rsop.msc is deprecated... It doesn't use ADMX templates and so cannot
    display settings that are not in the old ADM templates.
     
    Better use either the GPMC RSoP or "gpresult /h report.html".
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Monday, June 29, 2015 1:12 PM
  • Thanks, This was correct and resolved my issue.

    Much Appreciated.

    Monday, November 09, 2015 2:26 AM