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User-independent logon script for stations with rotating users

Scenario: My stations stay but my users rotate. All of the users will be using the same mapped network drives and printers. I want to set up a login script so it is user independent and everyone that logs on to that station gets the same drives and printers. It will not take effect for me. Also I was under the impression I could make users members of groups and place those groups in ou's and the policy on the ou would take effect to the whole group. Any help would save my employer time and me headaches.
The answer here is a very, very complex one that needs to be verified in the test lab before you go into production. In essence, you'll use the very seldom used Loopback:Merge mode of Group Policy. The idea behind Loopback:Merge mode is that you can assign a computer the ability to pretend to log on as if it were a user --after- the real user logs on. Therefore, you can have a "Logon script" which maps these drives and settings for each user --after- they are logged on. I would encourage you to take a look at some of the examples I have on Merge mode in my book, "Group Policy, Profiles and IntelliMirror for Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP." After testing, be sure to post your findings on www.GPanswers.com.
This was first published in July 2004

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