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Some Pcs Don't Automatically "see" Server


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#1 JohnWho

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 08:53 PM

I often work with, and add computers too, an E-Net LAN that uses two Linux servers - one as a "Samba Server" and the other running a Unix/Linux based program that is accessed through terminal emulation software.

The problem I have:

Most of the 25 PCs are running Win XP (either Home or Pro).

I have multiple "mapped" drives to the Linux/Samba PC. When a PC boots up, it loads a program that uses two of those mapped drives. On most PCs, the program loads in "startup" without any problem. But on a few of them, and not necessarily all of the time, when the program loads it does not detect the mapped drives and gives errors specific to the program. On at least one PC, the problem is constant each time it boots.

If I then open Windows Explorer, and "open" the two mapped drives, they show up correctly. After doing this in Windows Explorer, that program in "startup" will now load correctly.

In other words, once the mapped drives are "found" in Windows Explorer, the program will load, but until I go through this routine, the mapped drives are not seen by the program.

I am not at the network now, so what I'm hoping is someone can give me some suggestions as to where to look for a possible configuration change.


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 06:35 AM

Could this be a delay issue? Maybe delaying the mapping of the drive until later in the startup sequence will alleviate this issue?

Or, it could be issues with drivers/OS components that are outdated and can't keep up with the speed of the boot process and network detection - maybe updating the NIC drivers on the affected PC's would help?
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:03 AM

Thanks for the response, usasma.


I'm not sure how to delay the mapping - is there some sort of setting somewhere?


I'll check for updated NIC drivers, although we have no problem with the workstations other than what I've described.


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Posted 18 July 2007 - 06:50 PM

I've seen a startup delay tool somewhere recently - let me check.....


Here it is (thanks to Freeware-Guide.com): http://www.r2.com.au/software.php?page=2&show=startdelay

Also, here's a link to an article on how to delay services starting: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;193888

I listed some other tips in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...mp;#entry399809
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 01:18 PM

I believe we may be on to something with the "delay" tactics, usasma.

Today I booted the system, and waited about 5 minutes before trying the program and it connected OK. We are going to test that over the week to see if it remains consistant. (Not the "5 minutes" specifically, but a least waiting a few minutes before we try running that one program.)

The main program that they are running on that PC has no problem, so this is mostly a minor inconvenience.

It's beginning to look like a network browsing issue that resolves itself after a few minutes.


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