Mapped drives

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I have a number of "satellite" LANS on my WAN. They consist of 3 or 4 Win2k PC's and 1 WinXPpro PC. Some of the software in use requires mapped network drives between all of the machines. I am using 3com switches in the LAN I can't seem to keep the drives mapped between the XP and 2k machines. They only need to be there once or twice in each 24 hour period. i have tried a scheduled batch file to "keep alive" the connection, but no success. Any ideas? The Os in the systems is determined by the software application.
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Would you please expand on your description a bit?

When you say mapped drives, do you mean across the WAN from the satellite offices?

Second question – If you were to open My Computer on one of the systems that maps drives remotely, is the icon for the mapped drive gone? Or does it just have the red X for not connected? If the latter case, just have the user double-click to “revive” the connection and open the folder for viewing – something that applications seem to have trouble with in general.

If the former case (icon missing), I don’t know.

Would you please provide us with some more detail as to the structure of your network?

Bob

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  • Gasup1
    The mapped drives are on the LAN side at the remote locations. The drives still show as mapped but with the red x's. The problem with having the user "double click" on the drives is that they don't normally have access to My Computer (security) on their PC's. A little more info: The PC's are all static IP's. They are all running on 2 metrics, i.e. 10.xx.xx.xx (primary) 192.168.xx.xx (secondary). What i hope to find is some method by which I can keep that connection alive at all times.
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  • Bobkberg
    Sorry, but nothing occurs to me offhand. Perhaps someone else will read your response and have a suggestion. Bob
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  • Bsaini
    Hi. I think you can create a shortcut on desktop for shared drive if you do not want to give access to user for My documents. When they double clik on shortcut it should work as my knowledge. Thanks.
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  • Aftabn
    when you are mapping drives, is the Reconnect at logon option checked. if it is not then remap the drive and make sure that this is checked. another thing that you can do i open up a command prompt and type the following net use * Computer-OR-IP-ofComputerSharingResourcesshareName /USER:UserName /PERSISTENT:YES you will be prompted for a password, type it and a mapped drive will be created. if you chose to use the computerName in the above command and it doesnt work then use the IP address.
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  • Cptrelentless
    Are you saying the mapped drives are completely lost (red x) or just "disconnected"? If they are disconnected they will become active when the program accesses them, assuming the shared machine is still available. If they are lost you should look into what's happening with your DNS, IP/WAN connectivity or NIC. If your network is really flakey you could just script the process by mapping and unmapping the drive(s) as scheduled tasks or as part of the software's tasks. This should be easier than keeping the connection alive.
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  • bmarone
    Could be timeouts either on client side or server side. Without hunting down or changing Registry settings, you could go with a CMD/BAT files such as: NET USE SERVERNAMEIPC$ to reconnect to NetBIOS on the server. The drive mappings should become active then with the NB connection. If it helps, you could make it a scheduled task. You could also make shortcuts of the CMD files to make sure they run minimized and launch those. If these are not domain-oriented or it prompts password, you'd have to use NET USE SERVERNAMEIPC$ /USER:SERVERNAMEusername *
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  • Gasup1
    Just an update. Went in on each XP machine and edited the routing tables manually, including adding a persistent route for the 192.168.xxx.xxx metric. This appears to have resolved the issue. Anybody see a problem with this fix?
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  • bmarone
    You have to confirm the static routes stick after rebooting. For the hard-coded IP addresses, it usually resets all the routes regardless of their permanence. If so, you might add a Scheduled Task to run a CMD each time the machine starts.
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