Mapping internal or external network as a driver for all users in the domain is quite an easy task. There are different policy, script to work on it. In my view, task scheduler is one of the easiest ways for mapping network as a driver.
Why you need it:
- Different users may log-in into the same local workstation for different purposes who may need to access the same network location every time.
- Different remote users may use your cloud machine at a time who have to access the same network location at a time.
If you map different network location with different network driver name, then it is reliable and effective for everyone.
How to map:
First open task scheduler, a default available application in Windows 7 & 8, Windows Server 2003 & 2008.
- Type ” taskschd.msc” from run or you can go to Task Scheduler from (All programs – Accessories – System Tools)
Step 1: You can click on “Create Task” and a new windows will appear as shown in picture below:
Name: Give the appropriate name as “Disk Mapping for all users”
Description: You may provide detail description about your task.
In security options:
Click on “Change user or Group“, then in whichever domain you are, always provider Users in it and it should display as: Builtin\Users
Step 2: Go on next tab, Triggers. Click on New and then it should display as:
Begin the task: At logon
Tick on “Any User” and leave other field as default and press OK
Step 3: Then go to the third tab “Actions”
Click new button, then a dialog box will appear as:
Action: Start a program
Program/ script: Point out your batch file where you have mentioned your network location. In my case its on C:\Scripts\logon.bat
Scripts for network location:
Example: net use h: \\xxxxx\install /PERSISTENT:YES net use j: \\xxxxx\Data /PERSISTENT:YES
Save as logon.bat from notepad.
Step 4: Leave the tab “Conditions” as default and jump to the last tab “Settings”
Unchecked all the option expect “Allow task to be run on demand”
Step 5: Click Run on that task, then every users who log-in into that workstation or server now can access the specified network location with specified network driver.
This is very useful way to run any task on demand. You can also schedule restart of your server on off time through it as there are many things that you can run on it.
Hope this blog is informative for you.
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