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Windows 8  not mounting GPP mapped drives

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I just deployed a windows 8 computer to the network and the drives are not mapping. Why is this happening? How do I force the drives to map?

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Justin
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This seems to be a bug in the GPP CSE on win8, read about it.
But first say: for any user or for administrative users only?
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by:JustinGSEIWI
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The drives are supposed to map for users, not admins. So when the user logs in, the drives are not there only on the new windows 8 machine. They mount fine on his windows 7 machine. Do you have a link to a KB discussing this bug?
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No kb, just saw another admin forum's discussion and assisted to overcome it. Please screenshot your Options/Parameters of the drive mapping and embed the picture here.
If I remember correctly, using the reconnect-option (was it called persistent there?) was the culprit.

Edit: found that thread, correct, the culprit for that person was the option to reconnect. Uncheck it for a test.
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Where do you want me to get the screen shot from? GPP or the windows 8 machine itself?
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From the GPP like configured at the server.
But maybe you don't need it, seen my comment, uncheck reconnect.
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It doesn't seem that unchecking reconnect is an option I can do. If I do not have that checked, the drives will not save in the users settings and I am guessing that means if they are out of the office, the drives will not be available? Based on the reconnect description on the MS website, it looks like I need to keep that settings but still have the drives map in windows 8.
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You still need to test if that's the culprit first.
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Unchecking reconnect did not fix the issue. I have also read that this is a bug MS needs to fix and have yet to release an update for. I also read that it may be a combination of unchecking reconnect and logging in as a user that is not admin, which I am trying now.
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Unchecking reconnect had no effect. When I removed the user from being a local admin, all the drives mapped. This is a bug that needs to be fixed with windows 8.

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Justin
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No, it's not only win8 but Vista and 7, too, if it's about being an admin which I suspected earlier. See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee844140(v=ws.10).aspx
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My users have been logging in as admin with windows 7 with mapped drives for over a year with no issue. The user has a windows 7 desktop with mapped drives. Once we updated his laptop to windows 8, the drives no longer showed.

I removed the user as a local admin and logged in, the drives mapped. The user must be a local admin though so I made him a local admin again and logged in, the drives are still there but that is not a fix. The drives may stay or they may disappear now.
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Since in our domain, we always apply the workaround from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee844140(v=ws.10).aspx (enablelinkedconnections=1), we have never seen the problem, not with vista or 7 or 8.
But I have read about many others having this problem, mostly with 7. They applied the workaround - restarted - gone.
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I tested logging in as a normal user and the drives mapped.
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