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

There are two methods for mapping a shared folder to a network drive (using GUI and group policy). 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


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

  1. 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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