How to Map a Shared Folder to Network Drive Using Group Policy in Windows

There are two methods for mapping a shared folder to a network drive (using GUI and group policy) in Windows. I am focusing on the latter method of using a group policy.

I assume you have already shared a folder with the right permissions. You can check my recent article on setting correct permissions for a shared folder.

Map a Shared Folder to Network Drive

Step 1: Open the group policy management console.

Step 2: Right-click on your domain or any specific user's OU for which you want to map the network drive.

Step 3: Click "Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here".

Step 4: Give a meaningful name to the GPO.

Step 5: Right-click on the newly created GPO and choose Edit.

Step 6: Now, go to the following location:

User Configuration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Drive Maps

Step 7: Right-click on Drive Maps and then click New -> Mapped Drive.

Step 8: On the General tab, choose 'Create' from the action drop down.

Step 9: Provide the shared folder location, check the Reconnect checkbox, and give a meaningful label as well as a drive letter.

Step 10: Go to the common tab, and choose Run in logged-on user's security context option.

Step 11: Open the command prompt and execute the gpupdate command to update the group policies.

Map drive with group policy