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Login Script Drive Mapping After Applying Windows XPSP2

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By Martin Chamberland

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Posted: 21 Apr 2005
 

Martin Chamberland and Eric Moisan

Here's a quick workaround for a problem that's currently being investigated by Novell Engineering.

Goal: map drives using NetWare login script (ie: MAP T:=.SERVER_VOLUME.OU.OU.O:)

Problem: after applying XP sp2, login script drive mapping doesn't always succeed when XP firewall is activated

Our network environment:

  • NetWare 6.0 sp5
  • Windows XP Professional sp2 (French)
  • Novell Client 4.90 sp2 (French)
  • ZENworks for Desktops 4.0.1 ir5

What we tried first:

  • install ZENworks Client IR6
  • install Novell Client 4.91
  • apply different patch to 4.91, nwfsys, gina , etc...
  • checked SLP configuration on the workstation (slpinfo /a)
  • open ports on Windows firewall SLP UDP, SLP TCP etc...
  • set registry key to force port 427 to be used by SLP client

Solution:

Two changes made in Novell Client "advanced settings" :

  • Bad Address Cache Timeout = 0 (seconds)
  • Disable Bad Server Name Cache (in the GPO set it to "activate" to disable the setting)

If you use Group Policies to distribute those settings, add or edit those two POLICY in the Client ADM file:

**************************************************************
	POLICY "Disable Bad Server Name Cache"
		#if version >= 3
		EXPLAIN !!EXPLAIN49
		#endif
		KEYNAME SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetwareWorkstation\Parameters
		VALUENAME "Bad Name Cache Enabled"
		VALUEON NUMERIC 0
		VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
	END POLICY ;Disable Bad Server Name Cache
	POLICY "Bad Address Cache Timeout"
		#if version >= 3
		EXPLAIN !!EXPLAIN50
		#endif
		KEYNAME SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetwareWorkstation\Parameters
		PART "Bad Address Cache Timeout" NUMERIC
			KEYNAME SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetwareWorkstation\Parameters
			VALUENAME "BadAddressCacheTimeout"
			DEFAULT 0
			SPIN  1
			MAX 4294967295
			MIN 0
		END PART ;Bad Address Cache Timeout
	END POLICY ;Bad Address Cache Timeout
	********************************************************************************

Hope this information will help you out.


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