Losing connection to networked drives - XP Pro/Win 2003 SBS

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Guest, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I've seen this posted in the past and want to add it
    myself- maybe Microsoft can help us!

    I have Win 2003 SBS server with approx 13 clients (4 XP
    PRO, 9 Win 2k.) It's a DEll 1600SC. All of my Win XP Pro
    seats are Dell 4600 PC's up to date with patches, service
    packs, etc. I'm using the server as a file server and
    also using Xchange on the server.

    Each PC has two drives mapped to the server: M and W
    EVERYDAY, the XP Pro seats lose the connection to the
    mapped drives: "An error has occured while reconnecting M:
    to \\<server> The local device name is already in use,
    This connection has not been restored"
    The user needs to log off and log in to get it working.
    We do not need to reboot. When the problem happens, I've
    been able to access the server (w/o logging out and in)
    using the \\<server> path to the shared folder. I can also
    ping the server. The mapped drives continue to have a "red
    X" until I log out and back in. The Win 2K seats are
    accessing the mapped drives without problem.

    The problem never happens on the Win 2K seats. I've tried
    different NICs, cabling, switch, etc on the XP Pro PC's.
    It happens most often between 4-5pm EST. Nothing
    different is going on at that time of day. Last night it
    happened in the middle of the night while systems were all
    idle. Some were logged in with no apps open.
    Some users in this group say it happens when the PC is
    idle; not the case here. The mapped drives are being used
    and the error still occurs.

    I think it's time for Microsoft to look at this one.
    Guest, Jun 23, 2004
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    See if these helps out:

    http://www.chicagotech.net/mapping.htm#Problem with a red x on mapped drives


    Please direct all replies to the newsgroup so all can benefit.
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    Ace Fekay, MCSE 2000, MCSE+I, MCSA, MCT, MVP
    Microsoft Windows MVP - Active Directory

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    Ace Fekay [MVP], Jun 24, 2004
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