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GPO Mapped Drives - Say NTFS with a Red X

Last Modified: 2018-05-24
Attempting to migrate from Login Scripts to GPO for mapped drives.  
Created the mapped drives in GPO.  
They're showing up with a red x and say NTFS.
When double clicking on them, they open fine.  
Problem is, we have apps that connect back to those drives and if they're in "disconnect" mode, Apps fail.  
Once you double click on it and then go into the App, works fine.  Not the process, obviously.

I've done the following steps.  
Registry Keys - Enable Linked Connections, SyncForegroundPolicy, GpNetworkStartTimeoutPolicyValue and DisableDHCPMediaSense.

The mapped drive is as follows:

reconnect, label as Shared (\\Servername}
Drive Letter Use: S
Show this drive/show all drives

Domain is a 2008 R2 with 2 local DCs running dhcp and dns.
Client in Question is both Windows 7 and when in Citrix (xenapp 6.5 farm)  

At this point, i'm scratching my head.  
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Try changing Create to Update.

To configure the EnableLinkedConnections registry value, follow these steps:

  • Click Start , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  •    Locate and then right-click the following registry subkey:
  •    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  •    Point to New , and then click DWORD Value .
  •    Type EnableLinkedConnections , and then press ENTER.
  •    Right-click EnableLinkedConnections , and then click Modify .
  •    In the Value data box, type 1 , and then click OK .
  •    Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer."

You can set this in group policy to.


@mbkitmgr already added that via GP, which it actually put in the registry.  

@masnrock changed to update, same issue.
Network drives both map but come up with red X and say NTFS.
When i click on them, they connect and are fine.
Distinguished Expert 2019

It could be a timing issue of GPO processing. Try adding these registry keys to a workstation:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "SyncForegroundPolicy"=dword:00000001
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "GpNetworkStartTimeoutPolicyValue"=dword:00000019
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters "DisableDHCPMediaSense"=dword:00000001

If that works, then you could actually push that out to other machines via GPO.
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run below command on file server
net config server /autodisconnect:-1

This will ensure that no disconnection of shares from server side and that should resolve the issue

Also on client machines add Keepconn registry so that client will remain connected


Permissions issue w/in the policies.

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