mapping verses shared folders

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Sher, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. Sher

    Sher Guest

    Hi all,
    I have a new 2003 server that is going to replace my 2000 server. I am
    trying to determine the best practice for installing programs. My 2000
    server I mapped the programs to a folder called applications instead of using
    a unc path or shared folder The problem in the past is that the users had to
    have modify rights to the folder that the application was in. This meant
    that the users could go to my computer and see the mapped drive and then they
    could accidentaly or purposely delete all the program files.
    I am trying to see what the advantage would be to just create shared folders
    for the programs I need to install. (a seperate folder for each program).
    Could someone tell me the advantages as far as security, management,. We
    only have about 8 programs running off the server.
    Thanks in advance,
    Sher, Nov 1, 2004
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  2. Well, you can't map without a share -
    Do they need modify rights on the program folder itself, or just where it
    stores data?
    If the applications can use a specifically set data folder, use one
    folder/share with read access for the programs, and other folders for the
    data in another shared folder if possible, and map separate drives for apps
    and data. Much depends on the application itself -
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Nov 1, 2004
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  3. Sher

    Sher Guest

    Most of the programs have the data in the same folder as the program files.
    What I meant about shared folders was not to use a drive mapping such as H:
    but to just create a shared folder and then connect the user to the shared
    folder with a unc path. Then the user would not have a mapped drive showing
    up just shared folders. But, I don't know if there is a downside to that.
    Sher, Nov 1, 2004
  4. But can that be changed within the program? I don't like software that
    doesn't let you specify this. What software are you running from the server?
    Well, I like drive letters, because if I want to move something to another
    server/location, all I do is change where the drive letter points to. If you
    use \\server01\share and then want to move the stuff to server02\share or
    \\server01\different share, you have to reconfigure a lot more.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Nov 1, 2004
  5. Sher

    Sher Guest

    Hi Lanwench,
    Thanks that was what I needed to know. I will be moving all the programs to
    the new server and I don't want to do alot of reconfiguring. I can easily
    copy any desktop icons that are using the wrong path by using a login script.
    (some are using a unc path).
    We are using a third party billing program that has the program files in the
    same directory and also we are using Office 97 which requires the users to
    save their personal settings to the office directory. At least, I havent
    found a way for office 97 to redirect the settings elsewhere. I always have
    to change the office directory to modify for the domain users. Do you know
    of any .adm files for office 97?
    Sher, Nov 1, 2004
  6. But can it be changed to redirect data to another path/drive mapping?
    I haven't used Office 97 for a gazillion years, but you can change the path
    the individual apps point to for data - I don't remember where, exactly, but
    I've done it.

    Any reason you can't get people on Office 2003, though? Office 97 is so old
    and stale and unsupported- and Outlook 97 was *very* buggy at release (hence
    the free upgrade to OL98 MS offered for a while).
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Nov 2, 2004
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