How to Set a Google Drive as an Active Directory Home

by David Wayne

Assigning a user home folder in Windows Server simplifies administrative file management for a network. Normally, a home folder is remotely located on a host computer, but Active Directory also includes the option to choose a local home folder. After installing Google Drive on a client computer, a new folder called “Google Drive” is created inside the user directory, and any files currently stored in Google Drive in the cloud are copied to the Google Drive folder on the client computer. Sync an Active Directory home folder with Google Drive in the cloud by entering the path to the local folder in Active Directory's settings.

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Visit Google Drive to download the software to your computer (link in Resources). Click “Connect Drive to Your Desktop” and select “Download Drive for PC.” The installer launches and installs Google Drive in your user folder, copying any files or folders currently in the drive to your computer. Changes made to files, file names and folder hierarchies are synced between your computer and Google Drive.

2

Open Active Directory and select the “Local” directory in the navigation panel. From the Management List, choose “Computer Configuration,” “Policies,” “Administrative Templates,” “System” and then “User Profiles.” Open the “Set User Home Folder” dialog to configure the current user's Active Directory home folder.

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Click the “Location” menu and select “On the Local Computer” from the drop-down list. In the Path field, enter “C:\Users\UserName\Google Drive” (without quotes), substituting the user's name for UserName in the path. Save your changes by clicking “Apply” or “OK.”

Warning

  • close Information in this article applies to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.

About the Author

David Wayne has been writing since 2010, with technology columns appearing in several regional newspapers in Texas. Wayne graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications.