mapped drive via vpn

I have an XP PC and occasionaly I connect to a Firebox/VPN server to get to a hub that has our ptp network. When I use this VPN connection I need to map or connect to a drive that's on the network. If I use MS Word prior to mapping/connecting the drive it remains "not accessable/invalid drive letter" until I drop the connection, reconnect and connect that drive first. I can browse the drive and access it with anything else but word, so it's local to word. How can I initiate a script when I start the VPN?
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Not sure if you can do it all in one.  All I can suggest is connect to vpn, then create a batch file that does the drive mapping and run that everytime you use it.

Unless of course you have a VPN client that has command line options.  Not sure about the windows vpn connections, have never tried to run it via command line.

for your mapping,

Net use s: \\{Path to resource} or whatever drive letter you need.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Networking

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.