[Samba] problems with word mail merge

eric nerix at free.fr
Wed Jun 25 13:42:31 GMT 2008

That's what I do ! When I map X:\ on \\servername\share it doesn't work.
No troubles with files and folders through X:\. But when I use a mail 
merge document, at opening, the data source file can't be find.
Microsoft talk about that in KB 885832 
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885832/en-us). Resolved in Word 2003 
SP2, but I am in SP3. And just moved to samba... That's why I think 
samba cause this issue.

Thanks Gerhard.

Gerhard du Toit a écrit :
> Hi Eric
> Do not map ro \\192...... but to \\servername\.... that will work.
> maping basically just mean t:\ points to \\servername\ so you can 
> easaly map to the server name instead.
> Regards
> Gerhard
> eric wrote:
>> Thanks for you answer Gerhard.
>> My problem occure when I use a mapped network drive (like X:\ mapped 
>> on \\servername\whatever).
>> When using the UNC path (like \\servername\whatever with no IP 
>> address), all is working.
>> For my users, I would prefer to use the mapped drive because they 
>> don't know the UNC path. And Word is using the mapped network drive ! 
>> I have to modify all mail merging using X:\ by \\servername\whatever. 
>> For my 600 users...
>> derreck.
>> Gerhard du Toit a écrit :
>>> Remember that office see connections such as // 
>>> as insecure and the document may not open. I have seen this on access.
>>> Try to mount to the computer name such as //servername/whatever this 
>>> could be the problem
>>> Gerhard
>>> eric wrote:
>>>> Hi list.
>>>> I've got a samba 3.0.25b server with windows XP clients. I meet 
>>>> trouble with mail merging on Word 2003.
>>>> When this document is opened, Word says that it can't open the data 
>>>> source (X:\path), when the data source is on a mapped drive. But 
>>>> when the data source is on the UNC path everything is ok.
>>>> Did I missed something in my smb.conf ?
>>>> Thanks !
>>>> Derreck.

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