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We re-did our domain a few weeks backs and in doing so moved to Server 2008. Ever since this moved any network drives that we map using the login script and net use on the netlogon share show Disconnected. You can click on them and access the data but they always shoew disconnected. It does not matter if you are on an XP machine or Vista. Also if I try to disconnect that drive of course it errors out saying that drive does not exist. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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I also wanted to add that we are using DFS with these shares.
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There are a couple of settings in Group Policy that set whether logon scripts run before the user is fully logged in (the computer can login using cached credentials before it really authenticates).  I wonder if the drives are being tested by windows before the user has fully authenticated, and when windows checks these paths they can't be opened yet, but later they work as the user is fully logged in.

So I'd try enabling: Always Wait for the Network at Startup and Logon under Computer\Admin Templates\System\Logon

The description of this setting in GPedit says roughly what I mentioned above about cached credentials - so I hope this helps.
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Gave that a whirl and no change.
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Sorry - just to confirm, did you do a GPUpdate /force then log off, then log back on?
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There is also a setting called Run Logon Scripts Synchronously under Computer\Admin Templates\System\Scripts that may also make a difference.  I believe this setting is also available under the User Key.
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by:FourBeers
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Some interesting reading:-
http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=1200671&page=1
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297684/en-us

Some interesting points are that one poster in the forum mentioned if script was run from the Computer section of a GPO it showed as disconnected, but from the User section it was fine.  The KB article is also mentioned in the forum but I'm not sure why that would affect it at login.
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I did both changes and a gpupdate /force with no change.  I am a newbie to GPO amd I see you can mapped drives in there. I wonder if that would work better than logon.bat in the netlogon share.
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Yeah, I've used the new "Preferencies" section in 2008 and that works well, just note there are some options to run these in the context of the logged in user, which is important depending on your share permissions (some worked for me, but some didn't - I assume if you don't tick the box it tries to use the machine/system account).

I believe this is much quicker than login scripts so well worth using.
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Man I am feeling stupid today. Under the user (in the not a best practice default domain policy) I have it creating these drives but alas they do not appear. I have checked run in user context and show all drives, nothing.
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Also I did some more digging and you need to get an update for XP to make these preferences work on those systems and maybe Vista too. They have a link to an update which I did install and still no drives.
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Got it to work I guess things take time to propagate even with gpupdate /force. No more disconnected drives, at least on my machine.
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