Solved: Mapped network drives unmapping at boot

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chetjordan2002

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Hello all,
I have several computers on a network hooked to a server. All of these computers are running XP and have are mapped to a drive on my server. The problem is, once in a while the mapped drive will suddenly not be there. I can manually remap them and sometimes I have to remap 2 or 3 times before it keeps. Another strange aspect is that the other computers on the network aren't experiencing issues at the same time. I get one up and running, then a few days to a couple weeks later another experiences the same issues. Anyone with any ideas would be appreciated.

-Frustrated
 
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Check the settings for the network adapter (in Device Manager, locate the NIC and go through its properties). Often the adapter may be set to allow the computer to turn it off after periods of inactivity in order to save power. If you find such a setting and change it, restart the computer afterwards.
 

chetjordan2002

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Would this cause the issue if its only on boot? I'm not losing connection while booted up. Only after a restart.
 
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good point, sorry I missed that part in your post.

i have had that happen with mapped drives between xp machines in a strictly peer-to-peer setting, and was never able to pinpoint 'why'. so I wrote a batch file to create the mapped drives i needed and placed it in the startup folder. (i used the net use /delete first just in case they were still connected)

i know this doesn't tell you why its happening but it deals w/the issue. plus has the advantage of be able to just run the batch file from the start menu if you lose connection during a windows session.

i always wondered if something was causing the destination to not reply to the pc in time to complete the connection - either the physical router(s) between the two, or firewall settings on one or the other.
 
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here is a sample (the password /USER:Username is optional, we needed it due to the way that network is set up)

net use z: /delete
NET USE Z: \\USERNAME\SHARE password /USER:Username
 
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