[Samba] Why some WinXP machines won't reconnect on reboot

AndyLiebman at aol.com AndyLiebman at aol.com
Tue Nov 16 18:54:33 GMT 2004

The machines are pretty much identical. Most have XP SP1. One has SP2 (but it 
HAS the reconnecting problem like many of the SP1 machines, so it's not 
specific to either Service Pack). 

I get the same red X over the network drives on many of my Windows XP 
machines, and when I click I too get access. But there must be something configured 
differently on some of my XP machines that makes them NOT have this problem. 

Come on Samba gurus. Somebody must know what's going on here. 
Are these two computers identical with the others in regards to speed and
Are the network settings identical as well.
Did you install xp sp2 on them, I have heard some problems regarding this?

I know on my machine (win xp), when I reboot, I will often get a red x over
the network drives for samba, but once I click on them I can get access and
the x goes away.

Good luck.

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Subject: [Samba] Why some WinXP machines won't reconnect on reboot

Hi Samba list. 

Here is my scenario. I have 10 Windows XP machines that use a Linux box as a

file server. Running Mandrake 10 (more or less), 2.6, Samba 3.03. We have 
hundreds of individual shares defined -- but users only see their own shares
use the "include=smb.%U.conf" setting in Global settings, and define the
in individual conf files for each user.) 

When we use the "map network drive" function on our Windows XP clients, 
typically we select "reconnect at logon". 

When we reboot the Windows machines, SOME of the machines will automatically

reconnect on every reboot. In other words, we can open an application on the

Windows machine that wants to read a file from one of the Linux shares, and
can instantly open the files. 

But on some of the Windows machines, when we try to do what I have just 
described above, the network drive can't be found. We have to actually click
on the 
share a couple of times in Explore or My Computer to force the reconnection.

On the first click, we will get a message that says "Network resource can't
found. Maybe you don't have permission to access this resource" (or
like that). Then, on the next click,  we are logged on and we can access the


Does anybody understand why we see this difference in behavior between the 
two Windows machines? Is there something I can configure on the Windows
so this doesn't happen? 

Andy Liebman

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