Keep entering password for mapped drives

Discussion in 'Windows Server Systems' started by Heeter, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi Guys,

    I am trying to figure out why, once in a while, even without rebooting, my workstations keep asking for the username/password for the mapped drives from the Win2003 file server tower. I have four mapped drives listed on the XPhome machines and when I click on one of them to open, it asks me for the username/password for the server. Is there any way to stop the continuous requests?

    Heeter
     
  2. VenomXt

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    Mine does the same but its not a bad thing in my eyes.
     
  3. kcnychief

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    It sounds to me like an authentication issue. Perhaps there is a failure in the connection at some point? When you re-authenticate, does it prompt you for local or domain credentials, and does it let you authenticate correctly?
     
  4. madmatt

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    Are you mapping these drives using a batch file upon logon?
     
  5. LeeJend

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    What Kyn said about the drop outs.

    And there are usualy security features (server, wireless, etc.) that disconnect you after an extended idle period? Make sure they are disabled.
     
  6. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    It prompts me for local EG: \\Filetower\\administrator. I just enter password then I am good to go.

    I did not use a batch file for authentication, don't know how.

    Leejend, I think that it's probably my workstation, not my Server tower how do I check for that as well? Probably a firewall (third party) that locks up? Only workstations have third party firewalls, not server tower.

    Thanks so for your help.

    Heeter

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  7. madmatt

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    Using a logon script you can remap drives during login using the logon credentials. However, it sounds like a security setting (as mentioned above).
     
  8. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Madmatt, would you where I find a how-to on this? I would like to learn about this a little more.

    Thanks in advance,

    Heeter
     
  9. madmatt

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    Using Active Directory, select a user, choose properties, profile tab, logon script.

    Code:
    @echo off
    title Mapping Network Drives...
    @echo off
    
    Rem net use H: /home
    net use R: /d /y
    net use S: /d /y
    net use T: /d /y
    net use R: "\\greno-02\Software Distribution"
    net use S: "\\greno-02\Shared Documents"
    net use T: "\\greno-02\Drawings"
    
    Example of my logon script.
     
  10. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Thanks a whole bunch, madmatt.

    Now to figure out what the problem with my setup is.............

    Heeter
     
  11. madmatt

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    Try a batch/script, see if you still have the issue.
     
  12. LeeJend

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    Heeter

    I looked at Zonealarm and XP Pro and could not find a remote access timeout function. I'll check afew others.

    Are you sure it's not the Server software disconnecting idle links? It seems like the most likely suspect to me.

    Server 2003:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pr...Kit/23ee2a30-5883-4ffa-b4cf-4cfff3ff8cb7.mspx

    Near bottom of first pasge. Server Reg setting on timeouts.
    To increase profile time-out values

    Thought of one other possibility. If power saving on the server is on and the HD is spinning down the remote PC's may be deciding that the HD access attempt has failed and disconnecting if the combination of drive spin up time and network latency is large enough. Or the server may not be spinning up the disk for a remote access attempt.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2006
  13. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi LeeJend,

    I did increase profile timeout values to no effect, also adjusted in the GPO as well. I checked the power options on the server and it is set at "Never" for the HD's. I am at a loss over here as it is still doing it.


    Madmatt,

    I am sorry but I am still confused as to what you mean by the batch file. Where do I put it? I don't have Active Directory installed yet. Should I? Shouldn't I be able to do it through the GPO?

    This password thing is frustrating me.

    Heeter
     
  14. madmatt

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    No AD yet? Well once you install it you will add it to each user account you want the script to run for. You can have multiple login scripts (one for users, one for admins, etc.).

    You can use GPO to run login scripts. Look under Computer Config, Windows Settings, Startup Scripts.
     
  15. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Wow, Sorry Guys,

    This password thing is still popping up on me when I click on a mapped drive from the workstation.

    Madmatt I cannot locate the "Windows Settings, Start Scripts" in the Computer Management window.

    I have install AD now.

    Any other ideas? This is getting the better of me.


    Just on the off chance, can my linksys router be dropping the internet/network connection for a split second? Enough for it to have to reconnect the network and ask for passwords? Do routers do that?



    Heeter
     
  16. kcnychief

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    I don't think it's your router, although it could be possible. Here is a screenshot of where to go for login scripts, remember not local computer management, on your PDC (Primary Domain Controller) where AD is installed...
     

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