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Does anyone know where I can search for (and the terms to use) or have a link to how I would setup a personal user drive/storage for my Active Directory users?

Also, how do I go about getting this drive mapped automatically when they login?

Lastly and slightly less important question is if a Mac can take advantage of this drive automatically based on login?

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"Folder Redirection."

Typically, you'll define their user profile location as on a server somewhere, say \\server\Users\%username%\ (where that folder tree is on a partition for all your user's directories) and everything that goes under their Documents and Settings or Users folder gets synced to that location. Those options can be set by GPO automagically, or by hand, under the Profile tab for the user's account in ADUC.

Making Mac or Linux users part of this is... a PITA, to say the least.

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Does anyone know where I can search for (and the terms to use) or have a link to how I would setup a personal user drive/storage for my Active Directory users?

You use a SMB file share for this and use NTFS permissions so that only a specific user (and usually admins) have access to their specific folder

You can use the File System Resource Manager to set quotas and file-type screens.

Also, how do I go about getting this drive mapped automatically when they login?

Group Policy

Lastly and slightly less important question is if a Mac can take advantage of this drive automatically based on login?

Sure, just configure it to map the drive over SMB or CIFS at logon.

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To clarify on the last point that MDMarra said... To set the Mac to auto mount on logon, do the following:

From Finder click Go > Connect To Server

Type smb://IPOFSERVER/home/username and then connect.

After it is connected, open System Preferences > Click on User Accounts > Login Items

Drag the mounted drive from the desktop into Login Items.

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