When you log on to a user account on a Windows XP- based computer with drives that are mapped to a Home Folder on a network, the Home Folder may be mapped to the base share instead of the complete path.
The Home Holder is set to: \\fileServer\share\UserName
The actual mapping that the user receives is \\fileServer\share
Note: Manually mapping the path completes successfully and all files are accessible, but the scenario may repeat when the user logs in again.
This issue may occur if due to one of the following reasons:
Under Group Policy, in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> User Profiles -> Connect home directory to root of the share is set to Enabled.
Network delays cause the workstation to try to map to the home folder before it completes initializing the network connection during logon.
To resolve this issue, do the following:
Make sure you do not have the policy configured in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> User Profiles -> Connect home directory to root of the share.
Set the Group Policy setting under Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon -> Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon to Enabled.
Windows GINA tracing would show the error at the line containing GINA-Error: WNetAddConnection2W
To enable Windows GINA logging follow the steps listed below:
Replace the Msgina.dll at %SystemRoot%\System32 folder with the checked version.
Use Notepad (or any text editor) to open the Win.ini file in the %SystemRoot% folder, and then add the following lines:
Save and close the file, and then restart your computer.
The resulting GINA log may be similar to the following sample log:
16:01:10.906: 864.868> GINA-Cache: Selecting 'CONTOSO' as the default entry
16:01:11.234: 864.868> GINA-Trace: GetRasDialOutProtocols...
16:01:11.234: 864.868> GINA-Trace: GetRasDialOutProtocols: dwfInstalledProtocols=0x4
16:01:11.250: 864.2004> GINA-Cache: Setting 'CONTOSO' to be the default
16:01:13.921: 864.1880> GINA-Trace: In Attempt Logon!
16:01:13.921: 864.1880> GINA-Trace: LsaHandle = 5d8
16:01:13.921: 864.1880> GINA-Trace: AuthenticationPackage = 0
16:01:13.937: 864.1880> GINA-Trace: WinLogonUser returned 0
16:01:13.937: 864.1880> GINA-Cache: Setting 'CONTOSO' to be the default
16:01:14.578: 864.868> GINA-Trace: Successful Logon of CONTOSO\username
16:01:37.514: 864.868> GINA-Error: WNetAddConnection2W to \\fileServer\share\Username failed, error = 85
You may see below in msgina logging if you map a grandchild folder like \\Server\share\user1\data as a home share
08:42:39.105: 680.684> GINA-Trace: Successful Logon of CONTOSO\user1
08:42:49.754: 680.1520> GINA-Error: WNetAddConnection2W to \\Server\share\user1\data failed, error = 53
08:42:49.973: 680.1520> GINA-Error: ChangeToHomeDirectory : Failed to SetCurrentDirectory 'H:\user1\data', error = 53
08:42:49.973: 680.1520> GINA-Trace: About to create process of userinit.exe, on desktop WinSta0\Default
08:42:50.066: 680.684> GINA-Error: WNetAddConnection2W to \\Server\share\user1\data failed, error = 53
08:42:50.082: 680.684> GINA-Error: WNetAddConnection2W to \\Server\share failed, error = 53
08:42:50.098: 680.684> GINA-Trace: About to create process of C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe, on desktop WinSta0\Default
The behavior of mapping is that it tries to map the actual path, if that fails then it maps to the root.
For more information see: Description of the Windows XP Professional Fast Logon Optimization feature at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305293
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Article ID: 969006 - Last Review: Jun 21, 2014 - Revision: 1