Mapped Network Drives

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There are users in our office who are experiencing the Mapped Network Drives disappearing when they disconnect form the network.  Remapping the drive always works, but I do not want them to have to continually remap their drives.  This is sporadic and does not pertain to any specific diver either.  Usually it is not all the mapped drives, maybe just one, sometimes all of them.  Usually a log-off/log-on will work, or just a flat out restart, but I am trying to avoid that, it does not alway correct the problem.

We are using Windows XP Machines with regular updates and the mapped drives in question are for a Windows 2003 File Server.
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Are they mapping with a low drive letter, like D or E and sometimes connect external devices like a USB Drive or USB Hard Drive?  Sometimes that may make drive mappings hidden because the hardware device mapping takes precedence.

Only other thing I can thing of is that perhaps when they are logging off their profile is not being saved.  Check the event logs to see if there is a message saying that the user's profile could not be saved.  Then any drive mappings they made during that logon session would be lost.  If these users are using roaming profiles and sometimes lose connection to the server that may be contributing to the problem as well.

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All additional drives that require mapping are G and above.  The two that cause the most problems are the users share drive and the newest drive that was recently added as a result of a file server expansion for additional storage space.

I will check the profile settings and post back.

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It seems to be just when there is a total disconnect from the server.  I have noticed that if a user has the problem, they can simply log off, and then log back on and that will correct it.
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I found out the issue.  Prior to my time when individuals had mapped new drives to their computer, they did not check the "Connect at Login" button.  I was able to do this with the one consistent user having this problem, and it seems to have corrected the problem.

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