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username of 1st login stays in explorer?

By chazthespaz ·
i'm running a netware 4.11 environment with various versions of novell client (3.1 and above). there are different model workstations running windows 95 and a NAL shell. the first person that logins has no problem. however subsequent users retain the username of the first login's in their drive mapping to their home directory. they are actually correctly mapped to their user directory but 'explorer' or the 'save as' functions display the first users drive mappings. any ideas what is causing this and how to correct it?
thanks,
chuck

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by chazthespaz In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

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by ahevans In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

I'm going to take a shot at this. I've seen it before and had corrected it but I can;t recall exactly what I did. Here it goes, go in to you windows explorer and in the windows dir. remove the file with the extension .pwl. I hope this helps resolve the login issue.

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by chazthespaz In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

it was a good thought. i tested the theory out. the original drive mappings from the original user are still there despite deleting all existing *.pwl's. the only way to get the correct mapping information to display is to reboot.
thanks anyway,
chuck

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by Gregory W. Smith In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

So basically, what you are saying is that Explorer displays the mappings as if they are for the first user, but instead, they are actually pointing to the currently logged on user. (and that this resets with a reboot).

To me, it sounds like the client is not updating Explorer, and there are a few ways to test. With the same client on 95OSR2, 95OSR2.5, 98, 98SE is the behaviour consistent? That would point to the client. Otherwise you will see a version of Win9x where your trouble is fixed. You could then "rev up" the workstations to the working version.

What exactly is the NAL client (NetWare AutoLogon?) and is there a newer version available?

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by chazthespaz In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

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by Mark Fenwick In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

I have witnessed this issue manu times with Windows 98SE, though I dont know if it is specific to any particular version of Windows.

The problem is not Network OS dependant as, in my experiences, the workstation was logged into an NT domain.

Does pressing F5 in Explorer or from the Desktop refresh the drive mapping names correctly? It did for me in the past.

Are you using group policies at all? Policies were in use on each occasion I observed this behaviour and suspected they were related.

Let me know!

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by chazthespaz In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

there are no group policies and f5 does not refresh the drive mappings unless you have the specific drive mapping highlighted.

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by awilliams3 In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

The following Novell KB article seems to parallel your situation with similar solutions.

win95 mapping to another users home directory
http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/search.pl?database_name=kb&type=HTML&docid=%03sF144913%3a976301111%3a%20%28%20Home%20Map%20Windows%2095%20subsequent%20%29%20%20AND%20%28%20productClass%20%3d%20%28%22NetWare%22%29%20%29%20%20AND%20%28%20docGroup%20%3d%20%280%29%20%29%20%20%07%01%00&byte_count=5988

Good luck.

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by chazthespaz In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

this html returned with an error. sorry

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by bmarks In reply to username of 1st login sta ...

I believe you need to make sure that the local machine needs to have profiles turned on. Try using the profiles command in the control panel. This will enable the desktop to be saved for each of the end users that log on to that particular machine. One can, also, set up roving profiles which allows users to log on using any machine connected to the users domain and get their own personal desktop, along with the needed mapped drives, etc. This get a little more complex in a WIN98/NT/2000 environment, however.

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