Can't Access Mapped Drives in Windows 7 following VPN Disconnect
Posted on 2011-02-17
I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit in a single-server Windows 2003 AD environment and have an annoying drive-mapping problem. I have three drives mapped to the server by name, e.g. \\server\folder. I often have to VPN into another network via PPTP, and about 50% of the time following diconnecting properly from the VPN, I can no longer access my mapped drives. I get the error. "G:\ is not accessible. An unexpected network error occurred."
If I go to the Run line and type \\server\folder, I can connect fine, though I still can't access the folder by drive letter. If I disconnect the mapped drive and attempt to remap it, it fails with the "An unexpected network error occurred" message, even if I have the folder open from the run line.
There are no errors in the PC or server Event Viewer that I can find. The only fix I have is to either log off and back on, reboot, or -- and perhaps this is a clue -- remap the drives by IP address, e.g. \\192.168.10.5\folder. Because the latter is a workaround, this is not an overly pressing issue, however, I would like to get it resolved.
Thanks in advance.