Create shortcut on desktop for mapped drives


  • I have sucessfully used GPO (not logon script) to map network drives from Server2008 (Standard) to a Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) machine.  I want to place shortcuts on the desktop of all users to those mapped drives.  I have tried using the GPO but not sure what I am missing.

    I have tried:

    Name: C:\Users\Default\Desktop\
    Target type: File System Object
    Location: Desktop
    Target Path: N:\ (the mapped drive letter)

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    Thanks in advance!

    Saturday, June 05, 2010 8:27 PM


  • Just use Group Policy Preferences.

    In the GPO, go to User Configuration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Shortcuts

    Create a new Shortcut with the following properties:

    General Tab

    Action: Replace, or Update. Take your pick
    Name: Mapped Drive Name
    Target type: File System Object
    Location: Desktop
    Target path: \\servername\sharename
    Start in:
    Shortcut key: None
    Run: Normal Window
    Comment: A description goes here

    Common Tab

    Run in logged-on user's security context - Checked

    You can extend this concept to map folders with the user's username or other variables in them. See this screenshot.

    Monday, June 07, 2010 4:54 AM