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What would be the most efficient way to create a different shared folder for each user (not necessarily with desktop, my documents etc inside just a space that can be mapped to his computer), having a windows 2008 server with 30-40 windows 7 client machines on the same network? Would it be using active directory? Notes: the users dont have accounts on the server machine yet Thanks!

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    Per user shares as in home directories for the users? Clarify your question. – TheCleaner Sep 19 '13 at 14:10
  • different shared folder for each user (not necessarily with desktop, my documents etc inside just a space that can be mapped to his computer), – Yannis Assael Sep 19 '13 at 14:20
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Based on your latest comment, there are multiple ways to do this and it doesn't require "desktop redirection".

Simple setup included...

You can:

  1. Create a share called \\server\Users and set the share permissions to Everyone - Modify/RW and Domain Admins - Full Control. Then in the NTFS permissions of "USERS" make sure Domain Admins has full control and normal Domain Users only have Special rights for This Folder Only of the following:

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Then at that point you have the base share setup.

From here you can:

  1. Much to the chagrin of MDMarra, you could use the Profile tab in the user account in AD and set a Home directory drive mapping to \\server\Users\%username% and hit apply/OK. This will auto create a folder in that directory and give the user and that user only full control (besides domain admins).
  2. 1 above isn't really recommended due to issues. See Doug's full walkthrough here, but you'll need to setup each user folder manually with permissions: http://blog.luxem.org/2010/07/how-to-setup-home-directories-on.html

  3. You can use The Drive Maps extension in GPP now - User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Drive Maps and map a drive to \\server\Users\%username% but you'd need to either have redirection already in place or you'll need to setup the user's folder and their rights to it ahead of time (whereas in step 1 it is done for you)

You can reference:

Doug's excellent article: http://blog.luxem.org/2010/07/how-to-setup-home-directories-on.html http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731729.aspx

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Active Directory is the best choice. Create User Groups, then Users, and you can do a clean share of your network resources (disks, printers, internet access...).

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