This is in re Windows 7 64 bit clients of a Windows 2000 Server domain.
Wrong, yes, but it's not my name on the building...
I have had no issues adding these Windows 7 clients to the domain nor any network disconnect issues until this latest machine.
But the question is this. I found a solution that says to do this to solve the problem:
net config server /autodisconnect:-1
from a command prompt on the Win 7 box in question. I'm not clear if this has impact on the server side or just in the unique trust relationship between this workstation and the server only. That's my base question. Does running this command impact the entire network?
Now, the background. I have set all the power settings on the network adapter to never power down, and I also do not let the drives sleep or hibernate. This one machine disconnects network drives that are mounted with a log in batch file:
net use I: \\linus\Shared
net use H: \\linus\pranum$
Once the drives are disconnected, they do not reconnect, nor is there a certain amount of time needed to pass for this error to happen. I can reach the machine remotely. Start/Computer opens the window, Drive C comes up, and the network shares display as icons with small green lines on them, but no display of drive usage bars as is normal. Then a green progress bar comes up in the explorer window and slowly moves to the right. The drives never mount. Conversely, if I do nothing, eventually the prblem appears self healing only to occur again with no rhyme or reason to it.
I have ruled out network line trouble, network adapter, and trouble at the switch. The problem follows the machine in terms of network location and network adapter. I have both an on-board and PCI Express mounted adapter, and both behave the same way. I suspect a Windows setting has been altered as some users need to be local admins, but I can't find it anywhere.
I would prefer to have a command line option that reverts the network settings on the local machine to defaults rather than the command listed above. I appreciate any ideas you have. Thank you.