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KB-4159: How to use username-based network share paths in the Automount GP

Centrify Identity Service, Mac Edition ,  

12 April,16 at 11:18 AM

Applies to: Centrify DirectControl version 5.1.1-920 and higher on Mac OS X

Question:

AD users have been assigned their own network share folders which are based on their usernames. 

To access them, they can normally go to Finder > Connect to Server and enter the path as:
 
smb://fileserver.domain.com/Shares/[username]

Where [username] is the AD username of the current logged in user.

Note that these are NOT network home folders and are just regular network shares that happen to use their usernames.

Is it possible to use the "Automount network shares" GP to mount these shares automatically?


Answer:

This function is available from version 5.1.1-920 of the Centrify Mac agent and higher.

Configure the group policy at:
 
User Configuration / Centrify Settings / Mac OS X Settings / Automount Settings / "Automount network shares"

If the AD user "bob" usually mounts the path at:
 
smb://fileserver.domain.com/Shares/bob/MyStuff

Then for the group policy, enter the path as:
 
smb://fileserver.domain.com/Shares/$USER/MyStuff

(The $USER variable is case-sensitive)

The next time the user logs in, it will dynamically substitute $USER for the AD username and mount the network share as normal.

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