Windows Server 2003 clients keep dropping mapped network drives.

Posted on 2013-06-06
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Last Modified: 2015-03-23
We have a Server 2003 domain, all clients are Windows 7 with a couple XP Pro users.  All machines have been part of the domain for years.  They just lost their Cisco router, and have replaced it with a business Netgear router.

All clients have a network drive MAPPED - most clients to do not reboot their PC every night, never have.  When they arrive in the morning, the lose connection to their MAPPED drive and have to reboot to get the network drive back.

router performing DHCP
configuration on the network has not changed.
Server 2003 has not changed.
Clients have not changed.

The only thing that has changed is the router, and not sure exactly why this would start happening.
Question by:jakobcooper
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by:Mike Roe
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If they have a red X have them click on it and see if it comes back

I have had a few issues with this stuff

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How are the drives being mapped?  Login script?  If yes you might be able to add a disconnect for the drive letter in the script and then the command to map the drive.

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James St. John earned 2000 total points
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DON'T map the drives using NETBIOS names (e.g. \\SERVER\SHARENAME)

Instead, use the server's FQDN (e.g. \\SERVER.MYDOMAIN.COM\SHARENAME).

I vaguely remember a bug in Windows where it would have sporadic brain farts regarding NETBIOS name resolution (something about the new SMB stack in Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2).

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