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I'm trying to create department-specific shared drives. I'm working with a Windows Server 2008 file server and Windows Vista clients. Ideally, I'd like it to work like this:

On the file server, there exists a \Departments directory, containing sub-directories such as Marketing and Development.

Sally is in the Marketing department. On her computer, she sees T:\ as a mounted network drive. T:\ only contains the contents of \\fileserver\Departments\Marketing.

Dave is a Developer. On his computer, he sees T:\ as a mounted network drive. T:\ only contains the contents of \\fileserver\Departments\Development.

I can think of a couple ways to do this using Active Directory groups and VB scripts, but they all seem kludgey. Has anybody done this before? How would you do something like this?

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The typical answer, for a long time, was exactly that - mapping drives via login scripts that are specified in a GPO, usually with logic in the script for determining group membership. BAT, VB, KiXtart - these are the common technologies used. You might consider it kludgey, but that has been the state of the art for a long time now, unless you've bought third-party software for this.

New in Server 2008 is something called group policy preference. Since you're using Server 08, you can use that.

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Wow, I guess I'm really showing my (lack of) age. \me is a novice sysadmin. –  Chris Jan 25 '10 at 20:13
    
Yep! It's in User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Drive Maps. Thanks so much. –  Chris Jan 26 '10 at 13:50

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