Disconnected Network Drives


G

Guest

Hello,
I have windows xp pro on 12 machines and all are connected to a windows
2003 server. All the machines have service pack 2 on with the firewall turned
off. After startup and log in some of the users go into the my computer icon
and see that their mapped network drives say "disconnected network drive",
but when they click on the drive letter they can access the folders and files
on that drive. Any ideas on why they are getting the "disconnected network
drive" or is there a way to get that drive to be connected after login.
Thanks
 
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Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]

kb_63 said:
Hello,
I have windows xp pro on 12 machines and all are connected to a
windows 2003 server. All the machines have service pack 2 on with the
firewall turned off. After startup and log in some of the users go
into the my computer icon and see that their mapped network drives
say "disconnected network drive", but when they click on the drive
letter they can access the folders and files on that drive. Any ideas
on why they are getting the "disconnected network drive" or is there
a way to get that drive to be connected after login. Thanks

See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;297684
Are you on a domain, or is this a workgroup? You are nearly always better
off using login scripts rather than relying on locally mapped/controlled
drive letters.

net use * /del
net use x: \\server\share /persistent:no
net use y: \\server\othershare /persistent:no

etc.
 
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Chuck

Hello,
I have windows xp pro on 12 machines and all are connected to a windows
2003 server. All the machines have service pack 2 on with the firewall turned
off. After startup and log in some of the users go into the my computer icon
and see that their mapped network drives say "disconnected network drive",
but when they click on the drive letter they can access the folders and files
on that drive. Any ideas on why they are getting the "disconnected network
drive" or is there a way to get that drive to be connected after login.
Thanks

Windows automatically disconnects drive connections when they're not in use
after a specified amount of time. With Windows XP servers, this is to your
advantage to do so, to conserve available simultaneous connections.
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=314882

As you've discovered, when you click on a disconnected drive, Windows
automatically reconnects. Unless the time delay caused by the reconnect is a
problem (are you that impatient?), it is to your advantage to leave it at that.

If you select "Reconnect when logging in" when setting up a share, Windows will
automatically reconnect. You'll still be stuck with the "disconnected network
drive" timeout though.

If you wish, you can increase the timeout, possibly to infinity. Read the
article.
 

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