auto disconnect on mapped drives

I just setup a new workstation that is serving as a server. This PC is running Windows 2000 Professional. I currently have 2 drives that are mapped to another server so that reports that run in the morning can go from one server to another. The problem that I am having is whenever the computer is sitting idle for say 5 minutes it will disconnect the mapped drives where they will have a red X, but if I double click on them the drive reconnects and all is well. How do I resolve this where they will stay connected when the computer is idle? I've already done the below and made sure the HD was NOT set to turn off after a certain period of time.

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stevenlewisConnect With a Mentor Commented:
see if this helps
It was autodisconnect registry setting. The default is to disconnect after being idle for 15 minutes.

I used the command net config server /autodisconnect:-1 which disables autodisconnect and that stopped the remote users from loosing their Mapped Drive.


It is for w2k server, but may work on workstation (professional)
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shivsaCommented:
make sure auto disconnect is not enabled in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\LanmanServer\Parameters

set this value to 0.(mostly it is set to "f").

the command is

net config server /variable ( in your case this autodisconnect).

also check this link for more useful information.
http://www.uwec.edu/Help/Win00/map-drive.html#Map
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rhinocerosCommented:

Microsoft official Information
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q297684

I hope it can help.
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stevenlewisCommented:
which confirms what shivsa and myself posted :-)
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BMANDEPAuthor Commented:
shivsa, I did what you said about setting the value to 0, but it still auto-disconnected and per Microsoft you are not supposed to set it at 0.
NOTE: If you set the autodisconnect value to 0 (zero), the autodisconnect feature is not turned off, and the Server service disconnects mapped network drives after only a few seconds of idle time.

stevenlewis, I had already tried what you had mentioned, but still did not work.

Any other suggestions?
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shivsaCommented:
I think i gave u wrong value to set.
In the Value data box, type ffffffff.
It will increase the timeout value on server side, but wil not turnoff the autodisconnect.
to turnoff i think from client side u have to put value = -1.

For example, to set the Autodisconnect value to 30 minutes, you would run the following command line:
net config server /autodisconnect:30

also r u using samba. if yes u might want to upgrade samba to latest, since there are some bugfixes relate to autodiscoonect are there.
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if nothing of this works then maybe this will help
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START | RUN | gpedit.msc

Local Policies
Security Options
look down the list for "Microsoft Network server: amount of idle time required before suspending session - default = 15 minutes".
Right click and Properties.
Set this to an obscenely large number of minutes.
99,999
next...
on the same list... find:
"Microsoft Network Server: Disconnect clients when logo hours expire". Right click and Properties.
Set at "disabled"


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