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By mblackburn ·
From: Kathleen Nelsch on 10/04/2000 09:27 AM
To: Marshall Blackburn/COR/PARKER@PARKER
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Marshall,

Take a look at this and add anything you see fit.


We have a Token Ring environment and are using NT 4.0 SP 6a asour NOS. We are experiencing several users that sporadically have ghost drive mappings. Where on their workstations, some Windows NT 4.0 workstation and Windows 95, will spontaneously remap their already mapped drives. When this occurs if they attempt to save a file to one of the remapped drives it will act as if it had saved, but no one else will see the file. The remapped, ghost, drives cannot be disconnected in the normal matter. The machine has to be rebooted in order for the drives togo away. They will not reappear right away and, in fact, they might go away for several days or even weeks then all the sudden they reappear. We have not been able to find any correlation between the machines that are having this issue. We have tried reinstalling the OS, reinstalling the service pack, uninstalling Microsoft Fast Find, reinstalling the network drivers, reinstalling the network card and deleting the profile of the users. If anyone has any suggestions we would love to hear them.

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by robinarm In reply to drive mappings

I had a simmilar problem once. I reckon the problem there was the local machine was somehow keeping a trace of a previous mapping in the users profile. I may have been wrong in my diag but putting "net use delete" into the users log-on script before"net use" to map the drives fresh seemed to work at the time.

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by ComputerDude In reply to drive mappings

Findfast.exe from Office will cause this. Kill the process and prevent it from starting on startup, which is the default. It is in the startup group of all users and it is useless anyway. There is a KB article on this. Do a search.

Hope this helps,
Dave

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by mike In reply to drive mappings

Not to rule out the simple stuff but make sure you don't have any network.vbs worm/trojans that use netbios as a means of transport the trojan will map drives to replicate. Just a thought tho, I have seen this in corrupt profiles and login scripts.Might want to look there
Good Luck
Mike
Then again, it could be that token ring topology!!!<grin>

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by omahabob In reply to drive mappings

There is a little known quirk that Microsoft is aware of, but does not advertise. I know it exists on NT, but I can't vouch for 95. It sounds a lot like your problem. Check all of the shortcuts on the affected machines. If the shortcuts use a mappeddrive letter for accessing files or applications like L:/folder1/file.exe for a file in a location on ntserver01, then Windows will randomly add extra mappings to that same location when those shortcuts are used. It always uses the first available drive letter, so you end up with a location like ntserver01 being mapped as L:, F:, G:, H:, etc. Change these shortcuts to use a network path like \\ntserver01\folder1\file.exe and these extra mappings will cease. I'm not sure if this is the same problem since these mappings are easily deleted, unlike yours, but it's worth a look see.

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