Making XP shared drives mutually reconnect?

One of the people whose PCs I help to maintain has three XP machines, and he shares the drives of each, over his internal network, with each of the other machines.

Although the shares are set to reconnect at boot-up, the machines, of course, are never started up exactly simultaneously, so only the last machine booted actually manages to reconnect all the shares it wants, while the others just report some of the shares as disconnected.

Is there a way (maybe a setting, maybe a separate program, whatever) to make it so that ALL THREE machines properly reconnect to ALL of the respective shares upon reboot?

The only thing I could guess is, perhaps, to set each one to delay the attempts at reconnection, giving each machine time to come online, or to have each periodically re-attempt the reconnection, so that all the connections would (eventually) come up, even if one or more of the machines were booted much later. Sounds good, but I'm a UNIX person, and have no idea how this could be done under XP, nor if it's even possible.


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Or you could ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Making XP shared drives m ...

Have one Host and two Guests.

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you could...

... but that doesn't answer the question and is not what they want.

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Well, your original description was tenuous at best ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to you could...

Perhaps if you'd mentioned that Host+2xGuests was NOT what they wanted, then I wouldn't have suggested it.

But you didn't.

So, I did.

I doubt if he's sharing all the drives with each machine on the network: not at root level. The XP system would throw up objections to that.

So, that's ONE down and NINETEEN to go, then we can start a new game of 20 Questions. :)

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When you say

by Jacky Howe In reply to Making XP shared drives m ...

that the drives a connecting at bootup, how exactly are you achieving this.

I would have thought that if all of the PC's were turned on at the same time and they are left at the logon screen so that it is showing on all of the PC's the drives would have a fair chance of connecting. If you run your drive mapping script from the users startup folder it will connect as they logon.

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He'll tell you, you could do that but that's not what they want :)

by OldER Mycroft In reply to When you say

That was going to be my 2nd attempt but lost interest.

Anyway that's how my 3 'puters happily co-exist.

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I 'm interested

by Jacky Howe In reply to He'll tell you, you could ...

in finding out how the drives are mapped at boot.

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So am I but I couldn't be bothered - I'd lost interest. <NT>

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Lost interest

by Jacky Howe In reply to So am I but I couldn't be ...

It's funny as the only time I run a logon script is from my domain. For my workgroup PC's I only ever map the drives that I need, tell it to reconnect at logon, create a shortcut to them and add the shortcut to quicklaunch. Only time it fails is when the other PC is not turned on.

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Just typical XP

> that the drives a connecting at bootup,
> how exactly are you achieving this.

Just normal XP: In Windows Explorer, map the desired drives, and have the box checked that says "reconnect at logon." Since the machines each have only one user, and those users do not have passwords, the logon occurs automatically after boot. There are no scripts, etc. - just the "reconnect at logon" setting.

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Well, there ya go....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Just typical XP

You have explained your own solution. Set a password for each user. And, if the owner says they don't want to do that, tell them that what he/she wants is not possible. They can't have their cake and eat it too.

By the way, on a P2P network (workgroup), if this user/owner waits long enough, the mapped drives will auto-populate. Are they simply being too impatient?

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