XP / Novell - My Computer & network drive response problems.
Posted on 2004-10-12
We have a mix of Novell 5.1, 6.0 and 6.5 in our environment. Our clients are laptops and Desktops with XP pro SP1.
3 weeks ago our laptops and some dekstops started having problems when opening My Computer.
We have computers running XP prox sp1 and Novell Client 4.9 sp2 . When we first start the machine and login to the novell network and in the background NT domain (single sign-on),. the login script runs and all the mappings happen. When you open My Computer , it shows the mapped drives but when you click on them it takes a long long time to show the contents and at the bottom left corner you can see the number of files and at the right corner you can see the total size in MB of the contents, but NO directory listing at all. (Taskmanager displays My Computer Not responding) After a long wait 5-6 minutes it shows up with the directory listing. If you logoff and logon again the display of the same drive contents is instantaneous but if you power off and power on again .. the same problem occurs..
It feels like when you power on your machine and try to check contents of the network drives, XP tries to build some kind of cache of the directory/file listing and when you put off your machine , the cache is getting cleared or something.
Would really appreciate if someone could advise me on this.