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    Network drives not appearing...

    Hello. Installed Windows 7 and when a standard user logs in- they can see the mapped network shares (public, teachers etc...) but when I log in as admin...nothing.

    Any ideas?

    The logon script on our server looks ok but is there anything that might need changing for windows 7?

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    I would really appreciate some help if it's out there on this one...it's driving me nuts! And it's also a little bit weird...

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    Have you looked at using Group Policy preferencing (providing you are using Server 2008/R2)?

    This makes it much easier to map network drives, and is designed for Vista and Windows 7 machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomStanley View Post
    Have you looked at using Group Policy preferencing (providing you are using Server 2008/R2)?

    This makes it much easier to map network drives, and is designed for Vista and Windows 7 machines.
    We're using Server 2003... so it may have to be another way. Like I said though all the users (except my admin account) seem to be able to see the mapped drives...

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    Ahh I see.

    Have you tried running the script manually in Windows 7? i.e. copy the script to the desktop of your admin account and see if it maps the drives?

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    You can use Group Policy preferencing with Server 2003, we're using it here with Windows XP clients on Windows 2003 Domain.

    Just have to ensure that KB943729 is installed on all clients and use a Windows 7 Client to create the ADMX GPO objects.

    Has been discussed before on here, but don't have link to hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomStanley View Post
    Ahh I see.

    Have you tried running the script manually in Windows 7? i.e. copy the script to the desktop of your admin account and see if it maps the drives?
    Now then...just tried that and it worked!

    So it can't be a problem with the script... it has been working fine until Windows 7 and like I said previously it just seems to be the network admin account. All the others are fine...

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    Are you an administrator of the local machine too? This *may* also apply to 7 After you turn on User Account Control in Windows Vista, programs may be unable to access some network locations

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    I don't know how that could just affect the admin logon and not the other standard users though?

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    Win7 right... Have you tried switching User Account Control (UAC) off?

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    Like an earlier post said, providing there is a Windows 7 / Vista machine on your domain you can edit Group Policy and have access to the preferences. (Providing you install the server management tools)

    You can push out the "Group Policy Client Side Preferences" windows update to all the machiens with WSUS and problem solved.

    Simon

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    As DMcCoy says it's to do with UAC stripping certain rights from the admin users token, the 'EnableLinkedConnections' key will solve it.


    Quote Originally Posted by marsdenprimary View Post
    I don't know how that could just affect the admin logon and not the other standard users though?
    This link gives a good explanation of the reason but it's to do with programs running with a different security token. It doesn't affect ordinary users as they only run with the one token unless they elevate their rights using runas.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cjacks/archi...ows-vista.aspx
    Last edited by cookie_monster; 1st July 2010 at 03:36 PM.

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    How do I do that? I'm not bad with networks but i've never had training of any kind so I need a little guidance sometimes

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    I was hit with this issue today myself using Win 7 Enterprise on a Win 2K3 domain. Standard user logs on fine, but user with local admin rights sees no drives or printers. As others have said, it's a 'feature' of UAC. When you log on, Windows creates 2 logon sesssions. One has the admin level access token and the other does not. The logon scripts run in the session with the admin level token, but your desktop is created in the session without.

    Best solution is to not use logon script to map drives/printers, but if you have to, then Microsoft have an oh so elegant workaround. See the Consumption of Windows Vista settings Group Policy Scripts can fail due to User Account Control section in this Technet article;

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208(WS.10).aspx

    PS - I found lots of posts mentioning the EnableLinkedConnections regsitry setting, but as far as I can tell, this is 'not supported' by Microsoft.

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