[wpkg-users] WPKG client 1.2.1 oddities..

Rainer Meier r.meier at wpkg.org
Thu Aug 7 00:29:33 CEST 2008

Hi Manny,

Manny wrote:
> Show GUI is enabled, when I start/stop the service I do not see a window 
> starting cscript (this is VISTA 32bit btw)

Just another hint which is related to a Windows issue I discovered many 
Are there any other services provided by your production server? For 
example it might be that it provides network printers. If printers are 
connected, then Windows already has a network connection associated to 
this server. In such case the WPKG service might fail to map the 
temporary share to load WPKG by using the specified user. Windows 
usually reports a message like "The network folder specified is 
currently mapped using a different user name and password. To connect 
using a different user name and password, first disconnect any existing 
mapping to this network share."
As there is usually no way to disconnect such automatically connected 
network resources (printers are loaded on startup) then this method fails.

My solution to such a case:
Use a server alias.

Personally I use Samba servers where it is very easy to create an alias 
name for the same server. So my clients connect to \\server\printerXY 
and \\server\someshare in order to map all production shares. WPKG 
client instead uses \\software\RemInst share which is actually on the 
same server but Windows treats it differently due to the fact that it 
thinks it is a different server. Therefore I can connect to 
\\server\printerXY using "guest" and using "instadmin" to connect 
\\software\RemInst even if I just run one single server.


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