Random problems with DFS mapped network drives

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Michele Ghigliotti, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. We are experiencing random problem using DFS mapped network drives.
    I'll try to describe the problem, I apologize for my poor english.

    ENVIRONMENT
    1. Users are located in a sites without local server
    2. Logon scripts to map network drives are deployed to users by GPOs
    3. Logon scripts use the commands NET USE
    4. Share permissions are not applied to Everyone, but only to Domain Users

    Servers: Windows server 2003 SP1
    Clients: Windows XP Pro SP2

    PROBLEM
    Some users, about 10 by day, can't see the mapped drives.

    OUR WORKAROUND
    Manually explore the DFS namepsace using MY COMPUTERS
    Manually re/execute the GPO logon script.

    We have already applied the Sitcosting options using dfsutil.

    OUR QUESTIONS
    Why this problem occurs ranodmly?
    There is any solution?
    What can we do to resolve the problem?

    sincerely
    michele
     
    Michele Ghigliotti, Mar 29, 2006
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  2. Michelle-

    I'm assuming the users log in every day, so the symtom would be about 10
    machines a day dont get the drive mapped while logging in?

    If that's the case than this wouldnt be a DFS issue, but rather an issue
    with the logon scripts getting applied. I would start by looking on those
    client machines for errors in the event log, hopefully there you will find
    clues as to why they cant run the logon script(s).

    Also something you might want to consider would be to make the mapped drives
    persistant so that in the event that the logon script doesnt run (i.e. they
    log on while disconnected from the network) the drives will still be listed:
    net use x: \\domain.com\dfsroot\dfspath /persistent:yes

    Regards,
    Erik
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    Erik Szewczyk [MVP], Mar 29, 2006
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  3. Hi Erik,

    many thanks for your reply.

    Your assumption is correct: Users logon every day and about 10 by day get
    the problem.

    We've already verified the EventLog, unfortunately neither errors nor clues.
    The logon script is deployed by a Group Policy.

    We will try the PERSISTENT option today.
    I'll keep you informed.

    ciao
    michele
    "Erik Szewczyk [MVP]" ha scritto:
     
    Michele Ghigliotti, Mar 30, 2006
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