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NT network drives mapping themselves!

By chris.harrison ·
One of our NT4.0 WS domain users is finding that all of his free drive letters are systematically mapped to the same network share throughout the course of each day.

The drives will be free when first logged on, then will map themselves of their own accord at regular intervals.

All shortcuts within the user's roaming profile have been removed, as it was thought these were mapping the drives when they were run.

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by RasmusW In reply to NT network drives mapping ...

The reason is probably that one or more of his programs have a file in their Recent or History lists that is located on the network share somewhere. Some programs check for the existense of those files when loading, and might inadvertently cause a drive mapping when doing so.

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by dlindgren In reply to NT network drives mapping ...

We had the same problem, too. We alleviated it by removing Fast Find from the Startup group. This solution (as well as others), are detailed in this KB article at:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q150/6/04.asp

Hope this helps.

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by chris.harrison In reply to NT network drives mapping ...
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by bob.woods In reply to NT network drives mapping ...

MS Office and MS Project typical installs put Find Fast in the startup group. If the user has any references (usually shortcuts) to files stored on a network server Find Fast will start assigning drive letters untill you run out of letters. The drive mappings for each letter will usually be to the same network resource. You can remove FindFast from your Start Up folder, but this won't quite finish the job. To do it right, click Start, Settings, Control Panel. When Control Panel opens, double-click the FindFast icon.

In FindFast, click an entry and choose Index, Delete Index. Repeat the process for each of your index listings. After you have deleted all the index listings, choose Index, Close, Stop.

Finally, right-click Start and choose Open. Double-click Programs and then double-click Start Up. Delete the FindFast entry and restart your computer.

To avoid Find Fast during the Office or Project install use a Custom install. Enter the options for Office Tools and uncheck Find Fast.

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by chris.harrison In reply to NT network drives mapping ...
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by curlergirl In reply to NT network drives mapping ...

If removing FindFast doesn't solve the problem, try this:
1. Run the Registry Editor (regedt32) and go to HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer
2. Click Add Value on the Edit menu.
3. Add the followingvalue:
Value Name: LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 1 (enable)
4. Also do this in the HKey_Current_User subtree.

If you want to make sure this doesn't happen to other workstation, you can use the PolicyEditor to enable the following policy: Default User\Windows NT Shell\Restrictins\Disable Link file tracking. If you have Technet, refer to Q158682 for details. Hope this helps!

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by chris.harrison In reply to NT network drives mapping ...
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by davidperske In reply to NT network drives mapping ...

I had the same problem on one of oyr servers and find fast was the problem. All I had to do was open find fast in control panel and delete all of the indexes listed and then select 'close and stop'

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