I have a small network 2 laptops running Windows 7 Professional Ed. and a server running Win Server 2008 R2. The network is setup using static IPs and operates fine until either of the laptops are shutdown and restarted. Upon restart, the laptops will have Internet connectivity, but can't reconnect to the server (i.e. - won't see the server on the network and a mapped drive connection won't be visible). The only way to restore the connection that I've found involves launching a cmd window and pinging the server. Once the server has been pinged, the mapped drives will restore themselves and everything will be fine. Would like to find the reason why the mapped drives / network connection doesn't automatically restore itself. Thanks!!