Network drives? You don't need no steenking network drives!

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2018 - 03:11 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, idiots

The latest update for Windows 10 is the gift that just keeps on giving; for those for whom snark is a joy to express.  The October 2018 Update, aka Build 1809, was pulled after users expressed a surprising dislike of having their files deleted without their consent and from the results of those testing the new build, that feature is still present.  That hasn't stopped Microsoft's innovations however as the new build also expresses an extreme dislike of mapped network drives.  As you should obviously be using SharePoint Online, which doesn't function well as a mapped folder or drive by design, this should obviously not be a problem.

Strangely, The Inquirer and various Microsoft users do not appreciate this new feature for some reason and have expressed some disappointment.  There is no fix as of yet, nor will there be for quite some time, apart from avoiding the update like you would a homeopath's office.

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"This borkage isn't quite so bad - but it's enough to be a huge problem for sysadmins, SMBs and in fact, anyone with a NAS drive, because mapping of network drives is still not working properly."

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November 19, 2018 | 02:46 PM - Posted by Paul A. Mitchell (not verified)

Jeremy, Can you point us to any workarounds? I'm using network drives for routine backups. And, to make matters worse, our network mixes Windows 7 and Windows 10 PCs. The Windows 10 PC sees one of the Windows 7 PCs as a "Media Device" and cannot Map Network Drive. I had this working recently, but something changed behind my back, even though Windows Update is DISABLED on our Windows 10 PC. Anyway, if you know of any websites that have solved some of these problems, I would really appreciate knowing about them. Thanks! /s/ Paul

November 19, 2018 | 06:54 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

We're using a batch file at login that checks membership and forcibly remaps ... kinda need full domain infrastructure behind you to pull that off though. 

At home, since there are only two on the workgrounp I just use network neighbourhood (or whatever they call it now)

November 20, 2018 | 09:24 PM - Posted by Paul A. Mitchell (not verified)

Many thanks, Jeremy.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours!
/s/ Paul

November 21, 2018 | 01:26 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I already did that last month!  :) 

November 19, 2018 | 04:05 PM - Posted by Paul A. Mitchell (not verified)

copy of COMMENT posted today at The Inquirer / FYI:

p.s. I believe that MS is now facing major liabilities for these well documented product defects. The chief liabilities arise from the fact that expensive IT professionals are now required to spend valuable time on a problem that didn't exist for many years, that only surfaced with the release of Windows 10 Updates, and that is not scheduled to be fixed immediately. Also, I sincerely hope that these software failures were not intentional side-effects of a corporate MS policy to STEER millions of its existing customers to the cloud! Speaking only for myself, I can honestly say that it would be TOTALLY FOOLISH for my office to start uploading files to the cloud, when many of those files contain confidential client information and confidential intellectual property. And, because of the many thousands of computer viruses and other malware that are now lurking on the Internet, the BEST WAY we have found to backup important databases is to copy file sets to a backup storage server, and then to TURN THAT STORAGE SERVER OFF!! After working with computers since 1971, I still have not encountered a virus that can infect a PC that is powered OFF.

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