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    Automatically reconnect to SIMS

    Hi All!
    I am after a bit of advice.
    We map a drive to our simsarea in the staff logon script. When they log on, they can access SIMS fine.
    If they disconnect from the network [i.e to move between classroms etc ], they need to log on again to re-establish the connection.
    Is there any way that I could script it to automatically reconnect when the drive becomes available again? [to save them from logging off and back on again]
    Cheers,
    GlennT

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    Don't know about doing it automatically, but you could give them an icon which deletes and then reconnects their mapped drives using the same convention as is set out in your logon script. Or give them a shortcut to the logon script itself?

    Explain to them why the problem occurs and that you've invented a clever way around it...:-)

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    Can anyone explain why we still need the drive mapping to use SIMS? Is this a hangover from the old days? I would have thought it would be much better and cleaner to just get the SIMS client to connect to the SQL instance on your SIMS server At least then drive mapping issues would be a thing of the past!

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    Is this KB article any use: Mapped Drive Connection to Network Share May Be Lost ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyKGB View Post
    Can anyone explain why we still need the drive mapping to use SIMS? Is this a hangover from the old days? I would have thought it would be much better and cleaner to just get the SIMS client to connect to the SQL instance on your SIMS server At least then drive mapping issues would be a thing of the past!
    we had SIMS setup other the summer and drive mapping is used also.... is this old way of doing sims setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyKGB View Post
    Can anyone explain why we still need the drive mapping to use SIMS? Is this a hangover from the old days? I would have thought it would be much better and cleaner to just get the SIMS client to connect to the SQL instance on your SIMS server At least then drive mapping issues would be a thing of the past!
    For the most part the client does make RPC calls to the SQL instance. Access is still needed to the SIMS share to check for updates.
    Also Nova-T, which our staff use quite a lot, still requires a mapped drive for its files.

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    Nova T, and I suppose the setups folder resides on the mapped drive for upgrades although this could probably be pointed to via UNC in the SIMS .ini file.

    Some schools store all the Exam organiser and CTF In/Out data on the mapped drives too.

    If you've got a machine to test on and you don't need Nova/Exams for a lot of users then you could try it without the mapped drive by installing SIMS from SIMSInst.exe (in setups) via UNC and see how it works?

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    I still map the Sims drive through a logon script. Is it, or would it be possible to use a UNC path? \\servername\sharename

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    Try this in the [Setup] part of your SIMS .ini file ON A TEST PC, I've never tried it but it might work.

    I can't stress enough that I HAVEN'T TRIED IT, so not sure if it will work especially with Nova...


    [Setup]
    SIMSSetupsDirectory=\\servername\sharename\sims\se tups
    SIMSDotNetDirectory=<LOCALDRIVE>:\Program Files\SIMS\SIMS .net
    SIMSDirectory=\\servername\sharename\sims
    FinanceDirectory=<LOCALDRIVE>:\Program Files\SIMS\Finance

    OfflineSQLAppsDirectory=D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$SIMS\Binn

    SIMSSQLAppsDirectory=<SQL Server's Local Drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$SIMS\Binn
    Folder=SIMS Applications
    WorkStation=5.28
    NeedIcons=FALSE
    CP4SetupCommandShort=<Servers Local Drive>\Sharename\SIMS_S~1\Setups\SIMSInst.exe
    SIMS Directory=\\servername\sharename\sims
    NovaSatellite=<LOCALDRIVE>:\Program Files\SIMS\SATS

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