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connecting to a mapped network drive on boot

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I am trying to set up a network backup server that will automatically pull peoples files from a mapped, password protected network drive on each machine to a local folder. The problem that i am having is that when I reboot my backup server, the drives are not connected when it boots up. Does anyone know how I can set the mapped drives to connect on boot without logging in and manually clicking on the drive?
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Ciprian LozonschiOps Team Office 365/Messaging
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Try to map the drives with "reconnect at logon" option checked (or /persistent:yes switch from command line) when you map the drive

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how do you run the back up? Is there a way for you to create a script that willl re-map the drivers and put it in the task scheduler and run it right before your back up app runs?
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I am using WS-FTP's synchronize utility to synchronize the mapped drive to an offsite backup server. I would ultimately like to have the drive connect on boot and not logon so that it can be totally self sufficient. As I understand it, I would have to logon to have a batch script automatically run. Am I incorrect in this thinking? Any other ideas?

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not 100% I'm not at a server here, but I don't think so. I meant to add the script in the Task Scheduler, not startup....

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Not sure what OS you're running on your server, but here's for Win2K: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/maintain/featusability/tsksched.mspx

You can actually set a time for it to run, and use the proper UserName/Password...

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I am just using win. xp computers to do this. The offsite server is running win. server 2003, but is kind of irrelavent to this because the problem lies with the xp file server to connect to the mapped local drives.

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you should be able to run a task without loggin in...

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ill check it out and get back to you. thanks for your help so far.

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no problem... it can run without loggin in because you can set a User Name in the "Run as:" box in the Task Tab... and it works for XP as well...

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thanks! glad I could help ;-)

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