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I have an AD DS server running Win 2k8 R2.   I have a GPO for Drive Mapping through Windows Preferences, linked/enforced at the domain level, and security filtering is performed by group.  I have a user who is a member of said group.  I have no problem using GPO Preferences to map drives which exist on a Windows Server.  However, I have several network shares which reside on an IBM i Series server and one Linux server.  When I try to deploy these drives through GPO Preferences, the drive icons do show up on the client computers.  When I log in as said user, the drives always show as disconnected.  The drives which point to shares on Windows servers are fine.  When I double-click the icons, I receive an error message that the username is not found with error code "The user could not be found 2221".  It seems like it's trying to authenticate to the foreign servers with a domain account.  I can manually map these drives, but they show disconneted at next logon.  If I specify a username/password in the "Connect as" fields in the Drive Map Preferences GPO, it seems to have no effect.   It doesn't matter if I use replace, create, or update in the GPO, the result is the same.  All client systems are Win XP SP3 w/ XMLLite and GPO client side preferences update installed.

GPResult on the client systems shows that the GPO is applied with no problems.  I'd really like to avoid using Logon scripts to achieve drive mapping for these shares, but increasingly it appears this is my only option.  Can anyone shed some light on this??

Thank you

Pete


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This is kind of quirky.  I found this one article that might be useful: http://forums.techarena.in/server-dns/75255.htm
It mentions something about using the IP address for the share instead of the netbios name.  The issue they had was related to cached permissions set in the user profile.  I don't know what the mechanism is that MS is using, but try connecting using the IP address and see if that clears it up.  Even if this works, it is not the best solution, but it is still worth checking.

Btw, I like the idea of using the logon script for this.  It is reliable and predictable.  
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Thank you for the response.  I did try deleting any saved credentials under the Manage Passwords applet in Control Panel, this had no effect.  Also I'm using IP address to map to the network shares, and there is no change using hostnames instead.  
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This may be related to other registry entries.  There are registry entries that define the minimum authentication level for different connections.  If that is the case you might be able to fix this using the Compatws.inf security template. Otherwise, it may come down to hunting through the registry for the magic setting.  If nothing else, blame Microsoft and call it a bug.  

From a security standpoint, I would prefer to not install the Compatws.inf template.  I would leave the security as it is and just use the logon script.  JMHO
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Ok, thanks for the insight.  I've decided to stick with logon scripts to take care of the drive mapping for the shares on the nix systems.  
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