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Can't Map  Home Drive on Wireless Laptops

Posted on 2008-06-22
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Hello... I'm having difficulty working out a way for wireless laptop users to have there home folder connected when they log onto the network. The problem is they are not hard wired into the network, so when they log on and the home drive attempts to connect, it fails as there is no connection. It takes about 20 seconds or so to connect to the wireless network. I have tried just manually mapping the H drive with net use H: \\servername\users\%username%  just so users can still access there files, but when they log off and log back on again the "users" folder is mapped, rather than the %username% folder. Then after logging off and back on again, nothing is mapped. Any help would be appreciated
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by:dshroutait
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Are they using the Windows service to handle the wireless access or the software that was installed for the wireless device? Ive seen issues when you use other software to handle the wireless access because it wont initiate the connection until you log into Windows.

Another thing you can do is put a .bat file in the start up folder on their laptops that should be enough time for the wireless to connect before the file runs.
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by:tezza80
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yeah one of the things I tried was creating a task in scheduler that ran a batch file at log on. This attempt failed, as the wireless had not connected in time. The wireless software that is used is Intel / ProSet Wireless. I then saw that you can configure the wireless profile to run an application when the wireless is connected. So I got it to run the batch file, but again it failed, as it must have ran the batch file just a bit to early. it would be good if the wireless could be set to stay connected even at log off.
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Try disabling the Intel software and using the Wireless Zero Configuration utility, you may have to enable it in services.
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by:tezza80
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ok I found there is an option to keep the wireless connection alive during log off. This may solve my problem.
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by:dshroutait
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Good! Let me know if it worked.
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by:tezza80
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ok well it does what it says it does by staying connected at log off. So if i log off and back on again, the H drive will map no problem. But if I reboot the laptop, and log back in, it has to connect again, meaning the H drive wont map. However, if I log back off and back on again then it will map.

by Wireless Zero Configuration utlility, do you mean let Windows manage the wireless? If so, what else do I need to do to keep the wireless connection active prior to log on?
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by:dshroutait
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Yes, let Windows manage the wireless. Letting Windows manage is one way I've gotten that problem fixed.
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by:tezza80
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Ok so I've changed it to be managed by windows and this appears to have fixed the problem. If I reboot the laptop and log on the connection is already active. Thanks for your help.
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No problem glad I could help!
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