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My XP HOME edition won't retain my network drive mappings when I close Explorer or Logout. ( I've mapped to folders on both a local Linux Samba Server, and a local Win98 PC.)

I can map drives just fine with Explorer or Network Neighborhood, but if I close explorer, or logout, the mapped drives just disappear.

** ( Yes, I am checking the "reconnect at logon" box) **

The weird thing is that if I just close Explorer, then reopen it, the mappings don't show up in Explorer at all, but I can go to command line and select the mapped drive letter and do a Dir or whatever. If I try to remap the drive in Explorer, it tells me that that drive is already mapped, and asks if I want to replace that mapping with the new (same) one. I click YES and it comes back in Explorer, but will disappear again when Explorer closes.

However, when I logout, and back in again the mappings are totally wiped out, and I cannot see the mapped drive from the command line, and remapping it in explorer does not tell me that it is already mapped, so its like starting from scratch.

Seems like a bug in the "reconnect at logon" routine, but I cannot find any info on this anywhere. Everything tells me to just be sure the "reconnect at logon" box is checked if I want the mapping to remain permanent

I can go to the Win98 PC and map drives also, and those WILL reconnect and remain permanent, seems to be a "bug" in XP HOME? Any ideas why the XP HOME maps won't stick???

Thanks
Mark
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by:thaller
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Is your Samba server acting as a domain controller?
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by:nascar_3
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According to SWAT, "Domain Controller" is selected as "server type".

This problem isn't particular to Samba though, as stated, my mappings to the Win98 PC from Xp-Home has the same problems.

If I go onto the Win98 PC and map the same Samba folders that I do on the Xp system, the Win98 PC retains those mappings after a reboot.
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According to SWAT, "Domain Controller" is selected as "server type".

This problem isn't particular to Samba though, as stated, my mappings to the Win98 PC from Xp-Home has the same problems.

If I go onto the Win98 PC and map the same Samba folders that I do on the Xp system, the Win98 PC retains those mappings after a reboot.
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by:thaller
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You're right, the problem isn't Samba, it's WinXP home.  WinXP home's domain functionality is limited (to the point of uselessness IMHO).  It appears that this limitation affects SMB, which would make sense.  I'll bet if you were to try it with WinXP pro, you would not have any problems.  I was able to create persistent drive mappings to a Sun Linux samba PDC with no problems using WinXPPro.  Granted, there was some tweaking to do with WinXPPro to get it to join the Samba domain:

1) Go to Start>Run and type gpedit.msc then hit enter.
2) Next go to "Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security
Settings\Local Policies\Security Options"
3) Now look for the "Domain member: Digitally encrypt or sign secure cahnnel data"
Double-click on it and select "disable" then hit apply then ok.
4) Now look for the "Domain member: Digitally sign secure cahnnel data (when possible)"
Double-click on it and select "disable" then hit apply then ok.
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You're right, the problem isn't Samba, it's WinXP home.  WinXP home's domain functionality is limited (to the point of uselessness IMHO).  It appears that this limitation affects SMB, which would make sense.  I'll bet if you were to try it with WinXP pro, you would not have any problems.  I was able to create persistent drive mappings to a Sun Linux samba PDC with no problems using WinXPPro.  Granted, there was some tweaking to do with WinXPPro to get it to join the Samba domain:

1) Go to Start>Run and type gpedit.msc then hit enter.
2) Next go to "Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security
Settings\Local Policies\Security Options"
3) Now look for the "Domain member: Digitally encrypt or sign secure cahnnel data"
Double-click on it and select "disable" then hit apply then ok.
4) Now look for the "Domain member: Digitally sign secure cahnnel data (when possible)"
Double-click on it and select "disable" then hit apply then ok.
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by:nascar_3
ID: 8227243
Hmmm-

Well, I don't have a copy of PRO so I can't really try your suggestion. I'll have to see if I can grab a copy of PRO someplace cheap. Otherwise, much as I like XP, maybe I should go back to Win98.

I'd like to let this question ride a bit to see if anyone else has found a work-around if that's OK.

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by:nascar_3
ID: 8262000
thaller-

I got a copy of XP PRO yesterday, and the drive mapping seems to remain persistent now.

Thanks!
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by:thaller
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I'm glad it worked out for you.  It irritates me to no end why MS would even release something like XP home.  It just cuases more problems.
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