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GPO Folder Redirection (Start Menus) by Computer Group

By chris.eagles ·
Hi, I'm new to Group Policy,

Is it possible for me to redirect my Start Menus by Computer Group instead of by User Group?

This is for a school network that currently has 50+ GPOs for redirecting a class' Start Menu for Students on the PC,

Each redirection is done in a dedicated OU per class, under a parent OU called classrooms.
Within the dedicated OU is a Security group containing all the computers of that class room.

If possible I wanted to conglomerate all the GPOs into one on the parent OU and just tell the GPO to redirect the Room's computer security groups to different Folders containing the required Icons.

(Apologies is this is confusing)

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So

by Wizard-09 In reply to GPO Folder Redirection (S ...

You want to configure 50+ computers with there own GOP way not create different OU's put the users in the OU that will pull the GPO thats needed?

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Can't reorder users

by chris.eagles In reply to So

Because its a school the kids move from class to class, When they move from Maths to Physics the Icons need to stay on the computers they are moving between, At the moment each OU is a room of computers, the problem is the number of GPOs needed (one per room)

Currently my GPOs look like this

Scope = (Computer Group in OU)
Redirect group = 'Students' (User Group)
Folder = Subject's Icon folder

I wanted to put all these GPOs into one policy that effects all the Computer Groups with different Start Menus from the same policy, but I think that means the policy changing to:

Scope = Computer Groups (In child OUs)
Redirect = Computer Groups (More than One)
Folder = Subject's Icon Folder.

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GPO

by Wizard-09 In reply to Can't reorder users

Lets get this right here, when you log into a machine that have GPO configured for start menus it should not change no matter what computer you log into.

You said "Because its a school the kids move from class to class, When they move from Maths to Physics the Icons need to stay on the computers they are moving between"

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GPO

by chris.eagles In reply to GPO

Yes,

I have an OU classrooms
I have OUs inside classrooms called the class names (A2,A3,A4 etc.) with computers and a computer group called the same as the OU its in.

I have a GPO attached to each rooms OU that redirects any Student's start Menu that logs onto the computers in that OU to a paticular folder for that classrooms subject( e.g. A2>Maths_icons, A3>Physics_icons) Though this means that I need a GPO for every OU to redirect the Start Menu, Is it possible to combine all the GPOs into a single GPO that's scope is Authenticated Users that redirects Start menus of several 'Security Groups' (whose members are Computers Objects) to a folder.

So,

All Computers in the A2 OU have start menus pointing to a Maths_Icons Folder when any user logs on,

All Computers in the A3 OU have start Menus pointing to a Physics_Icon Folder when any user logs on,

Thanks

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OK....

by Wizard-09 In reply to GPO

Now I understand what you have done, take a look at the below website for information on this.

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/gp/group_policy_folder_redirect.htm


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Sorta Helped...

by chris.eagles In reply to OK....

To simplify Things further, If I have 3 computers in an OU, would it be possible to make a single GPO that redirects the start Menu of each computer to a different Folder,

Computer1 redirected to \\.\Maths
Computer2 redirected to \\.\Physics
Computer3 redirected to \\.\English

If so then I should be able to effect computer groups in the place of the Computers?

Cheers for the help.

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Groups

by unhappyuser In reply to Sorta Helped...

We have a script that maps drives and adds printers according to the security group that a user or computer is part of. Could you do the same? Use the GPO to run one script for all. I know scripts can be a pain but it might simplify it.

Just wondering....


EMD

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Yes

by Wizard-09 In reply to Sorta Helped...

I beleive so instead of the %username% use this %computername% or %computergroup% this way it will not map the user but the computer as you want it to.

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REPLY TO GROUPS (reached max msge lvl)

by chris.eagles In reply to So

Possibly but I'm poor at scripting, what would I need to tell the script to change?

Also would you have a similar script I could modify?

Cheers

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Here's one

by unhappyuser In reply to REPLY TO GROUPS (reached ...

Here's a script that maps drives, mainly based on what groups the user belongs to. I hope it's a start in the right direction.

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err.clear

Dim oNet

strDomain = "domain.org"
Set oNet = CreateObject("Wscript.Network")
sUser= oNet.UserName

DispUserInWhichGroup()

Function DispUserInWhichGroup()
Dim Group
Dim User
Set User = GetObject("WinNT://" & strDomain & "/" & sUser & ",user")

Wscript.echo "Unauthorized use of Equipment, Hardware or Software belonging to the Office of My Company is considered illegal and violators will be prosecuted"
Wscript.Sleep 1000

For Each Group in User.Groups
Select Case Group.name

Case "GROUPA"
oNet.MapNetworkDrive "I:", "\\DFSname\OUname\groupa"

Case "GROUPB"
oNet.MapNetworkDrive "I:", "\\DFSname\OUname\groupb"

Case "GROUPC"
oNet.MapNetworkDrive "I:", "\\DFSname\users\groupc"

End Select
Next
End Function

oNet.MapNetworkDrive "K:", "\\DFSname\users\" &sUser
oNet.MapNetworkDrive "Q:", "\\DFSname\Programs"

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