Vista workstations not automatically reconnecting to server share on startup
Posted on 2010-09-06
I have a small network with 1 server (WS2003) and 5 workstations (Vista Ultimate) and a Linksys BEFSR81 Router (DHCP for workstations). The Router has passed the Vista diagnostics test as meeting all requirements. My problem seems to have started after upgrading all workstations to Vista.
The Problem: Occasionally and rather frequently when a workstation starts up in the morning, the Shared folder on the Server is not automatically reconnected. Manually trying to reconnect will have Vista diagnose the need to establish a new IP with the Modem. Frequently, a user must detach the share and reconnect manually. Doing that frequently is problematic, but worse than that it requires an administrator password and when I am not available, the user cannot proceed.
It seems to me that whatever the modem thought was the workstation’s IP is no longer valid (perhaps due to a power glitch that caused the modem to reset?). Yet, most always when Vista diagnoses the connection, and tells the Modem to assign a new IP, the connection is re-established. This rarely happened with XP.
I would like to know if there is a software option or setting option that will resolve this. I have considered giving all workstations a Static IP to see if that solves what (I’m guessing) to be a DHCP issue not being automatically attempted and reset by Vista.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated….