[Samba] Map user home dir using GPO failing

Roy Eastwood spindles7 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 3 23:46:59 UTC 2019

> In ADUC on the Profile tab, connect the desired drive letter to the path to
> the users home folder, eg \\FILESERVER\USERS\%username%
> This is what I'm trying to get away from.  I don't want to have to specify a
> home dir drive letter and path for ever user, I'd rather create a new user and
> have group policy work out the mapping.
OK,fair enough.

> It is important to use the %username% instead of the actual username - that
> way the folder will get created automatically if it doesn't exist.
> When in ADUC, on the profile tab of a user, if I specify the path as
> '\\fileserver\users\%username%', Windows immediately replaces
> '%username%' with the actual username, so I don't think this is helping
> anything.  
Yes, it replaces with the username, but if you specify %username% the user's folder will be auto-created - see https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2008/06/30/automatic-creation-of-user-folders-for-home-roaming-profile-and-redirected-folders/

> Should I perhaps be using a logon script, rather than the GPO map drive
> feature?
You could do, but the GPO should work too.   Sometimes you have to log on twice before the GPO is applied when using Folder redirection for example; maybe that also applies with the mapped drive?

> I'm hoping someone is able to shed some light on this issue.  What is working
> for others?
> Thanks,
> Mason

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