Using Active Home Folder on Mac OS

New Contributor


I've been tasked with adding 16 new Apple MacBooks to our Windows network. I've managed to clone all 16 and bind them to Active directory but I am having an issue when pupils logon to them and want to access their home folder on the server.

Each pupil account in AD has it set to map a U: drive to servernameshare$YOEusername and this works fine on Windows devices, the U: drive is presented (YOE - Year Of Entry, represents the year the pupil joined the College).

However on the Mac OS it does show a link within Finder, but it does not point directly to the pupils home folder. It displays 'servername' in Finder, then when clicked the share$ folder is displayed, then all the YOE folders, then all the individual pupil folders. So each pupil has to navigate through 4 folders to get to the root of their home folder.

Can anyone please recommend a better way of achieving this? Ideally when a pupil logs onto a MacBook a drive letter would be presented, taking the user directly to their home folder (which then contains Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos etc...).

I'd be most grateful for your advice.

Best wishes,



Valued Contributor

Rather than use the built-in functionality of the AD plugin, we base our staff solution on this.

And for our student labs this thread was really useful.