Consider the following scenario:
- You log on to a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer or to a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer by using a user account that has membership to the local computer administrator group.
- The computer is a member of the Active Directory forest.
- The root directory of the user account is mapped to a network path. For example, the root directory is mapped to the following network path:M: \\server\username$
The current directory is invalid.
This problem occurs because the operating system no longer has a valid network connection when you release the IP address of the computer. Therefore, the mapped drive does not exist on the local computer.
To work around this problem, change the current directory to a local directory, and then run the ipconfig /release command. For example, change the current directory to C, and then run the ipconfig /release command.
This behavior is by design.