Group Policy - Home Folder and Active Directory Users

When adding users from an Active Directory (AD) connection, you can take advantage of the Home Folder setting in a user's AD Profile settings. 

First you must connect your Tenant to their AD. To take advantage of this Home Folder setting, do not add the user to the Tenant before setting up the AD side. Also make sure the Group Policy settings are adjusted before adding as well.



Click "Edit" and enter your Domain Controller or LDAP Server Address (myhost:389). Enter your AD admin credentials. "APPLY" these settings.



Now make sure you have content for this user in a local network location so it can be connected to that user's AD properties.



Now make sure your AD properties for this user are setup to take advantage of the Home Directory option.



In the user's properties choose the Profile tab.



Notice that I have the Profile tab active, and in the Home Folder settings for this user, I've entered a network location of their content (e.g., documents, pictures, music). You could also designate a Local Path for the Home Folder, but for this example we are connecting to a network folder.

Once your content has been set up and you have entered the path in your users' profile, then you can to go the Tenant Dashboard and click the Group Policy menu item to make some changes there.



Select Group Policy > Folder & Storage > Home Directory.



Under the Home Directory settings, enable "Publish user's home drive". You can also enable "Mount user's home drive as a top level folder" and change the Folder Name if desired.



Now that Group Policy has been setup, you can add your user. Go to your Web Portal's Tenant Dashboard and choose Add New User.



Now choose your Active Directory as a source for the user.



Now choose your user.



After choosing my Group, I select a user.



After you hit "CONTINUE", you will see the "User Creation Options". Because this user has the Home Folder setup in their User Profile on the AD, this screen pre-selects "Publish user's home drive" and "Mount user's home drive as a top level folder".



Next you can add any Team Folder permissions.



Choose "COMMIT" to complete the setup. Now when the user logs into their File Browser, they will see that Home Drive folder complete with content.



I walk through this process in the following video.


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