Windows 7 mapped drive has red x

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-10-04
I have a new installation of a Windows 2008 R2 standard server an 16 windows 7 pro 64 bit workstations. The workstations reguarly have a red x on the mapped drive (P:). This causes problems in one of my programs. I know they are not losing network connectivity because I have a SQL based app on the server and that remains connected with no issues. I even have a red x on the P drive that is mapped on the server to itself. Please help.
Question by:pahurdle
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    by:Pete Long
    This is normal, This behavior occurs because the systems can drop idle connections after a specified time-out period (by default, 15 minutes) to prevent wasting server resources on unused sessions. The connection can be re-established very quickly, if required.
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    As PeteLong explained, it has to do with the default time out for idle connections. But there is a fix. Check out
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    by:Pete Long
    Yep you can change the resistry on the client machine, and you can set autodisconnect globally on the server, BUT this was done for a reason, if you get a red x on your drive you HAVE NOT USED IT for 15 minutes so it disconnects, If you selec tit it will reconnect
    (unless called form a script If memory serves). This was doe so the server wasn't maintaining LOADS of idle connections.


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