[Samba] angry red X's & disconnected drives

Jerry Mercks mercksjt at comcast.net
Mon Aug 19 12:49:13 GMT 2002

More info would help. Are these drives the users home folders in the [homes] 
section of the smb.conf file?

I ran into a problem similar to this quite often in a windows domain. What 
caused the problem is the user or someone had manually mapped the drives. In 
other words someone had either browsed the network and mapped drive or 
entered path to drive.  Anytime a drive that is connected in users profile is 
also manually mapped you will get device already in use error. 
To test this just disconnect the drives and have user login again. If this is 
cause of problem error will go away.

Hope this helps.

On Monday 19 August 2002 15:37, Sam Barasch wrote:
> Esteemed Ladies and Gentlemen of the Samba list,
> I have a curious problem on one of my windows 2000 machines.
> As soon as the user connects to a samba share, they are disconnected and
> the drive appears marked with a red X
> The samba logs indicate that 10-20 seconds after any user of this machine
> connects to a network drive, they are disconnected.
> Oddly enough, you can browse the contents of the drives with no
> problems.  You can also save documents to the network drives, but you get
> the following error message;
> "an error occurred while reconnecting W: to \\server\myshare.  Microsoft
> Windows Network:  The local device name is already in use.  this connection
> has not been restored     <OK>"
> Users are still able to save, however, but then they ask me what the
> message means, and I weep and tear out my hair.
> Seriously though, no big deal, but kind of annoying.  Happens to two out of
> 100 users.
> I'll look through the M$ knowledge base and if I find anything I'll post it
> here.
> Thanks,
> ---
> Sam Barasch
> Computer Systems Support
> Department of Biostatistics
> University of Wisconsin Madison

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