Mapped network drives show Disconnected until accessed

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Boit, May 12, 2006.

  1. Boit

    Boit Guest

    Hello Experts,

    This issue is not causing any problems I know of but I am curious as to why
    it is happening.

    We have SBS 2003 and 20 XP workstations. I use the SBS 2003 login script to
    map shared network drives to a separate Windows 2003 file server. I use the

    net use x: \\server\share

    When any user logs in and opens My Computer the mapped drives show the
    status/type of "Disconnected Network Drive" on the right side of the Explorer
    window. There are no red "X's"

    You can access the drives fine when clicking on them and then the
    status/type changes to "Network Drive"

    After some research I found an article recommending the following:
    net use x: \\server\share /persistent:no

    I tried it and the drives no longer show disconnected.

    Can anyone explain why this is happening, what persistent:yes and
    persistent:no do, and if any of this will cause connection issues in the


    Boit, May 12, 2006
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  2. Boit

    kj Guest

    Essentially persistant drive mapping is equivilant to the "reconnect at
    logon" check box of the map network drive process. So, if you examined your
    logon script log file you'd find the net use x: \\server\share command
    giving you an error message saying drive x: is already in use.
    kj, May 12, 2006
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  3. Boit

    Boit Guest


    So if I understand you correctly persisent:yes will keep the mappings
    "cached" on the local workstation (giving you the "already in use" message)
    and persistent:no will remap the drives every time you login?

    Is this also why the mappings display "Disconnected Network Drive"?

    Does the following statement make sense?

    Since the mappings are already there when you login, and the login script
    mappings fail with "already in use", the mapping is not really connected to
    the share until you access it.
    Boit, May 12, 2006
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