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    Annoying mapped drive problem

    We map the usual S: drive for our SIMs. When a user launches SIMs they get the error as if the mapped drive doesnt exist. If you look in my computer it is there. If you open it up then just close it, SIMs will run
    I have tried using a vbs script and a batch file to map the drive, with and without the persistant switch. I am sure this is definately a windows issue and I just need to change the behaviour slightly through reg/GP

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    Could it be the computer is loosing connection to the server? When you go into the drive it is reconnecting the drive?

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    I would have a look at your power management settings. Sounds like either you bios or windows are setting your NIC to sleep mode. which is why when you open it manually it wakes it up and then starts working.

    Good luck

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    We had this with users wandering aimlessly around with their laptops "on" dropping in and out of the wireless resulting in a "Windows disconnected network drive" error.

    Two possible trains of thought for resolution.

    1) Educate.
    2) Rely on a local connect.ini file pointing to the SQL Server (ie, bypassing the perceived "need" for the S Drive map to be working at initialisation stage looking for s:\sims\connect.ini.

    We opted for 1), but 2) might work too.

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    Thank you for all the suggestions I will try them tomorrow.

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    The S: drive doesn't have any references in the users profile does it?

    A while back, we re-did all our profiles and I accidentally left a reference to the sims drive in the profile, needless to say that sometimes SIMS would not work, once I fixed the profile issue, it hasn't gone wrong since.

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    When you cannot see or access S:\ can you open up a command prompt and ping your domain controller?

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    The S: Drive is there in My computer. It just ignores it until you click on it.
    It's not a profile problem as we have only just started mapping the S: drive on this domain. Everything works perfectly apart from that.

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    I have a problem, sims works fine running from the F drive, the F drive just doesnt show as SIMS it says Disconnected network drive. No idea why it is doing this. Any suggestions, its also suddenly started showing on the student profiles unlike before but as we block acces to F they cant access it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnykewell1 View Post
    its also suddenly started showing on the student profiles unlike before but as we block acces to F they cant access it.
    why map F drive to students then block it ? it might be causing the students to slow down.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnykewell1 View Post
    I have a problem, sims works fine running from the F drive, the F drive just doesnt show as SIMS it says Disconnected network drive. No idea why it is doing this.
    was F used for any thing else in the past ?? i had same problem pass ICT Manager used S for staffarea after a gpo change S ran sims but said staffarea and showed disconnected just had to Net use s: /del and relogon

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    We map the usual S: drive for our SIMs. When a user launches SIMs they get the error as if the mapped drive doesnt exist. If you look in my computer it is there. If you open it up then just close it, SIMs will run
    I have tried using a vbs script and a batch file to map the drive, with and without the persistant switch. I am sure this is definately a windows issue and I just need to change the behaviour slightly through reg/GP
    are you useing offline files?? i had this with XP

    like kmount said had to re-educate the staff to reconnect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cools View Post
    are you useing offline files?? i had this with XP

    like kmount said had to re-educate the staff to reconnect.
    What's everone's favourite method for re-educating staff? Mine is sarcasm, followed by biting wit and eventually just a contemptuous shake of the head.

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    I think there is an option in Group Policy which allows you to "wait for network before logging on". Maybe worth giving this a shot? Could just be a network/speed issue to your sims server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    What's everone's favourite method for re-educating staff? Mine is sarcasm, followed by biting wit and eventually just a contemptuous shake of the head.
    i try the " if you ignor them they will go away" Some times it works.. lol

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    have i missed how you are connecting the drive to the profile ? login VBS i assume ?
    Post it here so we can have a look

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