I'm trying to configure a home network with Windows 2008R2 and Windows 7 / Mac Mountain Lion clients. I have a separate NAS drive, which I want to host all home folders as well as a central store of music and photos.
I'm using DFS on the server to point to the appropriate NAS folders with the following directory structure:
\\server\LAN folders\ServerUsers (maps to parent users folder) \\server\LAN folders\CentralMusic (maps to a single shared music folder) \\server\LAN folders\CentralPhotos (maps to a single shared photo folder)
I've created group policies such that all users have their home profile under "ServerUsers", but "My Music" points to "CentralMusic" and "My Pictures" points to "CentralPhotos".
This is all working well on the Windows clients, but not for the Macs.
I've edited the user profiles on Server Manager and added a home folder setting to connect directly to the NAS:
Z: --> \\NASdrive\ServerUsers\Username
This nicely maps the "My Documents", "My Downloads" and "Desktop" folders, since they're all subfolders of this location, but I'm stuck with the "Music" and "Pictures" folders. The mac just saves all its content in a subfolder of the home folder rather than using the group policy redirection. I'm completely stuck on how to resolve this.
I suspect I could create an alias / symbolic link to map :
~/Pictures --> \\server\LAN folders\CentralPhotos
but I can't seem to make this work. If I create an alias through finder, it works until the next reboot when it can't find the destination. I haven't managed it through the terminal as I can't seem to work out how to specify the DFS destination.
Has anyone managed to make this work? Are the links the right solution, or is there something better I can do? I'm only talking about a handful of users / machines, so a degree of manual configuration on original set-up is acceptable, if not desirable.
Any suggestions very gratefully received.