Create alias instead of symbolic link

Path

User Configuration > Policies > Centrify Settings > Mac OS X Settings > Automount Settings > Create alias instead of symbolic link

Description

This group policy is provided for compatibility with Centrify releases earlier than 2015. If you are using release 2015 or later, do not use this group policy.

In releases prior to 2015, the default mount point for network shares was /var/centrify/mnt/user. Starting with release 2015, the default mount point for network shares is User_Home/Network Share.

In Centrify releases prior to 2015, the “Automount network shares” group policy creates symbolic links to the specified shared network directories. However, certain versions of Microsoft Office are unable to save files to a shared folder by using the symbolic link (the link is greyed-out). The “Create alias instead of symbolic link” group policy corrects the problem by creating an alias instead of a symbolic link. In release 2015 or later, because of the new mount location, symbolic links are not required, and this group policy has no effect.

If you enable this group policy, the alias points to network shares that are automatically mounted when a user logs in.

Note:   The operating system treats an alias as a file, which means that you cannot use the Terminal program to access files or folders that are pointed to by the alias.

Once enabled, this policy takes effect when a user logs out and back in to a computer.