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    Laptop running XP:

    I occasionally need to access network drives when (docked) at work.

    I notice that when I use the laptop away from work that Windows Explorer seems to get sluggish as if it is attempting to "poll" (or index) the various mapped network drives that it can't access while away from the office...

    Is there a way to have Explorer not try to connect when a connection is not possible?

    Is there some utility to simplify unmapping/remapping of network drives that I only need to access on an irregular basis?

    Can "My Network Places" be useful in this regard?

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Tom

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    A batch file would work.
    Put these entries in a file and name it MapDrives.bat.

    net use G: \\server\share
    net use H: \\server\othershare


    To un-map the drives put these entries in a file and name it UnMapDrive.bat

    net use G: /delete
    net use H: /delete

    You need to change the drive letters and the server name and share name to suit.

    cheers, Paul

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    Is there a way to have Explorer not try to connect when a connection is not possible?
    Seperate profiles is an easy solution also. One can share as much or as little as one wants between two user profiles yet easily keep mapped drives off the list when they're not there. Its a good general practice when the same computer is introduced to environments where configuration data is different, especially for network and Internet connections, security protocols and changes in drives available and manner of access to those drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron Tarbox View Post
    Seperate profiles is an easy solution also. One can share as much or as little as one wants between two user profiles yet easily keep mapped drives off the list when they're not there. Its a good general practice when the same computer is introduced to environments where configuration data is different, especially for network and Internet connections, security protocols and changes in drives available and manner of access to those drives.
    This is what I do. One logon profile for home, and another for work. Different mappings, different apps on the Desktop, etc. Works great.

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    Quick hack:

    net use * /d

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ward Christensen View Post
    Quick hack:

    net use * /d
    <net use * /d /y> will break them all without asking you if you really want to.

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