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Map Network Drives or Shared Folders with Group Policy - How to do it

This article covers how to map network drives or shared folders with Group Policy.

Mapping network drives using Group Policy preferences is flexible, provides easy control over who receives the drive mappings, and has easy-to-use user interfaces, all of which are in stark contrast with the complexities associated with scripts.


To Set up drive mappings with Group Policy preferences:

1. Group Policy preferences are a set of extensions that increase the functionality of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). 

2. Administrators can use them to deploy and manage applications on client computers with configurations targeted to specific users. 

3. The Drive Maps policy in Group Policy preferences allows an administrator to manage drive letter mappings to network shares.


To Deploy item-level targeting with Group Policy preferences:

Item-level targeting (ILT) is a feature of Group Policy preferences that allows preference settings to be applied to individual users and/or computers dynamically. ILT allows an administrator to specify a list of conditions that must be met in order for a preference setting to be applied or removed to a user or computer object.

You can configure drive mapping, only users in the Product Managers group would receive the mapping. 

1. Under the Common tab of the mapped drive properties, check the Item-level targeting option, and then click Targeting….

2. In the Targeting Editor window, click New Item and select Security Group.

3. Click the … button, and type in the name of the security group.

4. Click OK to close the Targeting Editor once you're finished adding items to the list. 

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