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VPN connection and mapped network drive

by wmike95 / April 20, 2005 9:43 AM PDT


I connect to my company server through a VPN and must sync with a server folder for a program we use.

The network drive will not map unless the VPN connection is completed first.
As I usually use my company laptop for this purpose,
I have found that if I check off the "reconnect at log on" box while mapping the network drive, it fails to do so at login because the VPN is not yet connected.
I tried adding the VPN shortcut to my start up program but Windows trys to logon the network drive prior to processing this folder.

Can I set this up so that the VPN will connect first and then map the drive afterwards, each time I start up my laptop?
I am using Windows XP Pro and shut down the laptop after each use for transport.

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VPN First
by ehudnall / May 4, 2005 1:29 AM PDT


I recently ran into the same problem here at my company. We use Cisco Systems VPN Client. Logon to the computer and open up the VPN. Go to options and then click on "Windows Logon Properties". A new box will "Enable Start Before Logon". Essentially this will cause the VPN to start right when the user hits Ctrl+Alt+Del. This should resolve the drive mapping issue.

Hope this helps!


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(NT) Thanks for the help! Much appreciated.
by wmike95 / May 4, 2005 10:34 AM PDT
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