Network Drives - Show Disconnected

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When I look in my list or other users list of drives, some of them are mapped network drives.  I'm confused as to why some of them show as "Disconnected Network Drive" yet when I double click on the drive, it connects to the folder no problem.  Is there a setting I am missing somewhere?  These drives are automatically mapped at login through a simple logon script via AD.  Have I omitted something out of this script such as some type of timeout length?
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I believe there's a timeout after which it automatically disconnects, but as you experienced it will reconnect upon "demand".

Default is 15 minutes, but you can change it:: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297684

Is it after the computers go to sleep?  

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No...they just seem to go from Connected to Disconnected after a period of time.  It isn't a show stopper because we can connect to the mapped drive quickly just by double clicking on the drive.  Is there a best practice for this?  15 minutes looks like the default timeout.
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you need to change the timeout to "0" this will keep the drive running all the time reguardless of who accesess it.

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This can happen when your machine goes in to standby or even network access going away.

This something inherent to Windows.

NDM will help.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Misc-Networking-Tools/Network-Drive-Manager.shtml

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Yes, the reg edit seems to be the best method.  And setting it to "0" would cause it to never disconnect.  Not sure I want to do that though.  That suggestion came from another Expert Comment.  

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