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Windows 7: setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)

01 Oct 2013   #1
cjsporl

windows 7 professional 64x
 
 
setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)

As my final project for the year i am setting up a server that we will eventually move all our computers on to. I am using a poweredge 2900 as a server with windows server 2008 installed. As of now i have 2 computers connected to the domain which they can log on to.

- what i need help with
- How do i give all users access to programs?
- Each student needs to have access to her own drive through the server not locally.
The client computers are connected to a switch using dhcp.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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01 Oct 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm quite sure your instructor/teacher did not intend for anybody but you to do the final project for the year and nobody else.
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01 Oct 2013   #3
cjsporl

windows 7 professional 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I'm quite sure your instructor/teacher did not intend for anybody but you to do the final project for the year and nobody else.
actually i have permission from my teacher to get help on the forums
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01 Oct 2013   #4
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I'm not going to give you exact directions because I feel it is for you to find out and research yourself as a final project.

Quote:
- How do i give all users access to programs?
This is done with group policy normally however depends on the application. Group policy is limited to the deployment of .MSI installers only. Only enterprise or open sourced software maybe deployed in a domain, any use of home license software will break the license agreement and will not allow deployment. When deploying via group policy you need to create a share that all users may access (Read only) so that upon startup of the machine it can automatically install software.

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-group-policy.png

Quote:
- Each student needs to have access to her own drive through the server not locally.
You need to first create a share that all users can access (everyone) and have (full control) so they can have full control over their files. After that in group policy change the folder redirection to the UNC path of the share (make sure when setting up the folder redirection you use the %USERNAME% variable so that the username is used as a folder.

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-group-policy-folder-redirection.png

Lastly, you may want to map the share for the users which can also be done by group policy so that upon log on they can have access to their area.

Josh


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07 Oct 2013   #5
cjsporl

windows 7 professional 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
I'm not going to give you exact directions because I feel it is for you to find out and research yourself as a final project.

Quote:
- How do i give all users access to programs?
This is done with group policy normally however depends on the application. Group policy is limited to the deployment of .MSI installers only. Only enterprise or open sourced software maybe deployed in a domain, any use of home license software will break the license agreement and will not allow deployment. When deploying via group policy you need to create a share that all users may access (Read only) so that upon startup of the machine it can automatically install software.

Attachment 288022

Quote:
- Each student needs to have access to her own drive through the server not locally.
You need to first create a share that all users can access (everyone) and have (full control) so they can have full control over their files. After that in group policy change the folder redirection to the UNC path of the share (make sure when setting up the folder redirection you use the %USERNAME% variable so that the username is used as a folder.

Attachment 288023

Lastly, you may want to map the share for the users which can also be done by group policy so that upon log on they can have access to their area.

Josh
I understand your concern since i did say it was a final project, but this isn't the kind of project you are thinking of. See, my class is in information Technology not networking. My teacher asked me to set up a network because our administrators wont give us access to the tools we need to write our programs without calling every single time we need something changed,added etc... I also possess more knowledge outside of programming than the other students in my class. Most of them cant even built a computer. If you could help me out step by step i would really appreciate it. i attempted to create a public folder and assign it as a primary drive on the domain. it didn't work so well.

i used this link as reference. Using Group Policy Preferences to Map Drives Based on Group Membership - Ask the Directory Services Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Again, if you could give me more detailed instructions it would help me out a lot.
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07 Oct 2013   #6
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Assuming the domain and users are set up accordingly. To deploy software via group policy you will first need to create a security user group within Active Directory Users and Computers and name it something similar to the application you wish to deploy. Once done, assign assign the computers that you wish to have access to that application to the group.

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-group-member.png

You will need to ensure that the object type includes 'Computers' to be able to add computers as members to the group

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-object-type.png

Next thing is to open Group Policy Management and create a new policy under your domain that will be used just for the deployment of a particular piece of software.

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-create-policy.png

Once done right click and edit the policy, navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Software Settings\Software Installation. Once there, right click and then click on New>Package. From here then click on the .msi package that you wish to deploy to machines.

A window should pop up, click on Assigned to force the deployment to domain computers.

Now just change the security filter to apply only to the group you created in active directory (To apply to computers listed)

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-secuirty.png

Over time the application should be deployed to the machines that are joined to the group made in active directory.

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The next job for user files is to create a share that has the permissions shown in the screenshot below so that users can have full control of their files.

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-share.png

Then go to group policy and create a new policy called folder redirection.

Edit it and navigate to User Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Folder Redirection

Once there simply right click on the folder you wish to move to a remote location and click on properties

Then just change the setting to Basic and change the root path to the UNC SHARE!!! Make sure it is the same share as the one you created. The image below should help to clarify

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-folder-redirection.png

Rinse and repeat on other user folders you wish to have stored on the server.

Now create a new group policy object and name it something like 'Map Drive'. Click edit and navigate to the following:

User Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Drive Maps

Once located, just right click and select 'New>Mapped Drive'

From here change the action to Create and the location to the same path as your share but add on '\%USERNAME%' at the end of it.

An example of mine is below:

setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)-map.png

The last '%' was cut off since it went over at the end.

Apply and OK and then you should have a mapped drive and redirected folders to that share on the server for all users in the domain.

Hope This Helps,
Josh


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09 Oct 2013   #7
cjsporl

windows 7 professional 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
Assuming the domain and users are set up accordingly. To deploy software via group policy you will first need to create a security user group within Active Directory Users and Computers and name it something similar to the application you wish to deploy. Once done, assign assign the computers that you wish to have access to that application to the group.

Attachment 288752

You will need to ensure that the object type includes 'Computers' to be able to add computers as members to the group

Attachment 288753

Next thing is to open Group Policy Management and create a new policy under your domain that will be used just for the deployment of a particular piece of software.

Attachment 288757

Once done right click and edit the policy, navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Software Settings\Software Installation. Once there, right click and then click on New>Package. From here then click on the .msi package that you wish to deploy to machines.

A window should pop up, click on Assigned to force the deployment to domain computers.

Now just change the security filter to apply only to the group you created in active directory (To apply to computers listed)

Attachment 288758

Over time the application should be deployed to the machines that are joined to the group made in active directory.

____________________________________________________________

The next job for user files is to create a share that has the permissions shown in the screenshot below so that users can have full control of their files.

Attachment 288761

Then go to group policy and create a new policy called folder redirection.

Edit it and navigate to User Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Folder Redirection

Once there simply right click on the folder you wish to move to a remote location and click on properties

Then just change the setting to Basic and change the root path to the UNC SHARE!!! Make sure it is the same share as the one you created. The image below should help to clarify

Attachment 288763

Rinse and repeat on other user folders you wish to have stored on the server.

Now create a new group policy object and name it something like 'Map Drive'. Click edit and navigate to the following:

User Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Drive Maps

Once located, just right click and select 'New>Mapped Drive'

From here change the action to Create and the location to the same path as your share but add on '\%USERNAME%' at the end of it.

An example of mine is below:

Attachment 288765

The last '%' was cut off since it went over at the end.

Apply and OK and then you should have a mapped drive and redirected folders to that share on the server for all users in the domain.

Hope This Helps,
Josh
In the FOLDER REDIRECTION i cannot find the shared folder i created on the desktop. and what is the root path to the UNC share. If possible, could you create a video showing a full tutorial on the map driving. Thank you again for your help and taking time out of your day to help me.
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09 Oct 2013   #8
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

To redirect a users documents folder to a shared folder you would set it as the root path.

The UNC share is the share name made when you shared the folder. For example if I am on a machine called 'Josh-PC' and shared a folder on my desktop called 'test' then the UNC path will be:

\\Josh-PC\test

The algorithm is:

\\computer-name\share

The map drive location is just the same as the share used for folder redirection with a slight adjustment:

to keep with my previous example:

\\Josh-PC\test\%USERNAME%

That is all you would put for the mapped drive location. If you still need help I'll see what I can do...

Josh
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15 Oct 2013   #9
cjsporl

windows 7 professional 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
To redirect a users documents folder to a shared folder you would set it as the root path.

The UNC share is the share name made when you shared the folder. For example if I am on a machine called 'Josh-PC' and shared a folder on my desktop called 'test' then the UNC path will be:

\\Josh-PC\test

The algorithm is:

\\computer-name\share

The map drive location is just the same as the share used for folder redirection with a slight adjustment:

to keep with my previous example:

\\Josh-PC\test\%USERNAME%

That is all you would put for the mapped drive location. If you still need help I'll see what I can do...

Josh
Could you make a video? Unfortunately, I must be missing something. I can see the new folder drive under the network on the server but it does not appear on the client computer.
Thanks again,
Collin
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15 Oct 2013   #10
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Not sure what to make a video on... Are you able to provide a screenshot of what you mean by the drive appearing under the network tab but not on the client computer? Have you made sure the client computer has joined the domain? Have you made sure that the security filter in group policy applies to Domain Computers?

Josh
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