RED X on MAPPED DRIVES ACCROSS WAN

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Josh, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. Josh

    Josh Guest

    HEY all,

    Listen i have a question, give me your thoughts or a
    solution. I recently upgraded all my wan links to 3 megs.
    Each regional site has a domain controler. Now they all
    mapp to their own DC. But management has asked for 1
    common drive accross the agency..Ive looked into DFS, i
    dont like it. Id rather create a share here at headoffice,
    and have my users map to it. I know it causes some
    performance issues locally on the systems, but what really
    is causing me issues..Users open the My computer, they
    have red X's on the WAN mapping..well usually if you
    double click it, it reconnects, but no in their case..they
    must restart. Is there a setting in the registry to set
    the keep alive connections??

    Let me know your thoughts.
     
    Josh, Sep 16, 2004
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  2. Mapped drives are "cave man" technology that goes back to the DOS days.
    Just use the network path to the share. Just because you have a share
    doesn't mean it requires a mapped drive letter to get to it.

    It is actually easier to create a "shortcut" to a network loction than it is
    to map a drive letter, it is less trouble, and it won't choke the life out
    of Windows Explorer everytime you open it, nor will it bring the machine to
    its knees when the user clicks on a "browse" button inside an application's
    Common Dialog Box when the user needs to browse to a local file.
     
    Phillip Windell, Sep 16, 2004
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  3. Josh

    JOSH Guest

    Thanks Philip..thats a great idea..my only question would
    be..how could i populate it to everyones system with out
    needing to contact each person to create a network place?
     
    JOSH, Sep 17, 2004
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  4. Create a shortcut on one machine then copy the shortcut where you want it.
    Shortcuts are just files. The "Desktop Folder" of the "All Users" local
    profile is one place you could copy it, but you can be creative. If copying
    it to the different locations is too much trouble, file attach it to them in
    email and let them put it where they want it.
     
    Phillip Windell, Sep 17, 2004
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