unwanted mapped drives magically appearing on xp clients in windows 2000 server based network
Posted on 2004-08-17
The network I administer is based on windows 2000 server. Recently I have been upgrading several workstations to windows XP pro. What seems to be happening only on these new windows xp pro systems is:
Unwanted mapped drives keep multiplying on all of my XP workstations.
it'll start out at e: or f: and work its way all the way through the alphabet until there are no more slots for mapped drives. This will happen over the couse of a day two of useage and I couldn't say exactly how often or what is exactly causing these to be added. One thing in perticular that is suspicious to me is the net use commands that are in our logon.bat which is loaded every time the user logs onto the network:
net use * \\server\data <-- why is this suspicious?
net use s: \\server\cbldata
Also, I've read that this can be caused by shortcuts being used on an xp system that refer to mapped drives, however I have made it a point not to utilize mapped drives on these freshly installed OSes with the exception of the two which are created in the previous logon.bet and hence there are no mapped drive refering shortcuts on these systems. Unfortunately, however the mapped drives keep multiplying.
This has been an issue I have been forced to live with until now, but I have a task that needs to be performed that this is causing problems with.
are there Any ways to stop this from happening and why does it only happen on windows xp?