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

I assume you have already shared a folder with 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 users 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: 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 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

 

How to Map a Shared Folder to Network Drive Using Group Policy
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

8 thoughts on “How to Map a Shared Folder to Network Drive Using Group Policy

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    July 26, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    This would have been somewhat useful if you had bothered to explain what all of the different settings options would do. As it is, all you’ve done is parrot someone else’s information with zero explanation as to what to do for different situations.

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      August 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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      what a useful comment……Muppet

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      April 30, 2020 at 4:19 am
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      What a useless comment. This article does exactly as the title says. This isn’t a technical documentation from MS, it is doing a very specific thing and it explains it well.

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      June 2, 2020 at 6:43 pm
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      Well this Parrot helped me very much so and I am thankful that someone took the time to put this out there.

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    August 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    What about mapping a drive IF their a member of a specific Group?
    Thanks for the article.

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    August 19, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    Thank you I find it very useful

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    August 19, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    Go to Common > Item-level targeting > New item > Security group

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    October 27, 2020 at 5:13 am
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    great work. Your clear instructions helped me complete my task where I was stuck. Hats off to you.

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