Mapped Network Drive loses authentication upon reboot

joemckamey
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I have a computer (server 2003) that is on my domain but because of its function the user that stays logged in is the local admin to that computer but not a domain user.

However, this machine needs to have a connection to a mapped drive on a pc (xp pro) that is logged on as a domain user.  (Maybe too much info that is not necessary.)

Upon reboot (and every once in a while randomly) the connection to the mapped drive is lost EVEN though I have clicked "reconnect at logon".  When I reboot the drive is there, just not connected.  When I double click on it, I have to enter logon credentials again and it reconnects fine.  Is there something I can do to make sure this drive stays connected?

Thanks!
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remmett70Network Manager

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Have the server be logged on with a valid domain account, given local admin to the server, but still just a domain user.  That account can then be given permission to the XP share which will eliminate the need for having to provide alternate credentials when connecting to the share.
joemckameyGeneral Manager

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remmett70...thank you, I understand this to be the case.  However as I stated in my question:

I have a computer (server 2003) that is on my domain but because of its function the user that stays logged in is the local admin to that computer but not a domain user.

Because of the function of the particular server, the user has to be the local admin.  It is a server that is under a contract with a software vendor and that is what they require.

I do appreciate you trying though!
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joemckameyGeneral Manager

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Bill,

There is nowhere to click that.  I just retried.  The only checkbox is reconnect at logon.  I have always checked that.

Sorry...
Joe
remmett70Network Manager

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One option, create a local user account on the XP computer, that matches the username and password that is logged onto the server.  That should get passed windows security, but if the password changes, it has to be changed on both.

2nd option, create a mapping script that disconnects and reconnects the mapped drive at some interval (daily, twice daily) whatever is needed to meet your needs.

3rd option.  Change the way the server is logged on.  Having worked for a software vendor, I know the control they like to have.  Creating them a domain user account that has Local admin of the server they support, should make them happy, and solve your issue.
try giving that user full rights to the share. computer name\administrator
joemckameyGeneral Manager

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remmett70,

I like the 2nd option a lot.  I could set that script to run at logon as well.  Do you know of a resource that can help me write that?

Thanks!
Joe
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simple .bat file with Net Use commands will work.



net use z: /d
net use z:  \\computername\sharename /user:domain\username password

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