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Many duplicate mapped drives in 2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Blinkin, Oct 13, 2004.

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  1. Blinkin

    Blinkin Thread Starter

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    Has anyone seen where a drive on a 2000 server gets mapped many times over on a 2000 machine? For example, a desktop running 2000 has drives H: through Z: mapped to a drive named 'data' on the 2000 server. As I understand it, when the desktop is turned on, those drives aren't mapped. Just a few get mapped as expected (E: through G: for example). The other ones (H: through Z:) become mapped to 'data' after a short period of time while using the computer. Any ideas? Does it sound like Windows is doing this (via a setting or script) or would it be more likely some client software that is running on the desktop but access data on the server?

    I did do a few searches on google and this forum but did not get any good results.

    Any ideas? I would greatly appreciate any help.

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    Does anyone know if this could be related to backups? When I look at the properties of the mapped drives, there's a "Backup" tab and when I click on it, I notice numbers (files, sizes, etc) increasing on it (as if it were re-counting the disk usage).
     
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    I hope no one minds the bump, but I'm really at a loss. I noticed that in the evening (when the machine was idle for hours), all the connections were lost (little red x in the icon). I can then click on the mapped drive and it reconnects. I'm fairly new to 2000 server. Where do I look for scripts/settings that automatically map drives? Is it a startup script or a scheduled task or do they only re-connect when you try to access the data?
     
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    I've seen a similar thing in Windows XP and have found this article because I am searching for a solution.

    One article that I did read some time ago on the web suggested that it has to do with shortcuts that are pointed to files on mapped drives. Apparently, if the drive letter has been mapped elsewhere any previous shortcuts that pointed to that mapped drive will mapped the next available drive letter.

    Sounds strange but apparently true. Would be nice if someone could confirm it.

    I thought I had it beaten but it has occurred again. One thing I did notice is that if I looked at the user's Start>Documents menu a history of previously opened files are listed, some of these were pointed to mapped drives so I was wondering if these were the culprits. There's also all the other shortcuts spread around the user's PCs that will need checking.

    That's about all I can remember about the article and I can't find it again :0(
     
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    Thanks! I look into that as well.
     
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