I have two shared drives that travel with me when I log into remote servers.

I find that Windows Serve 2008 R2 hosts have a hard time accessing them quickly. Doing a "p:" (to change to the shared volume) takes a few seconds and any interaction with the drive ("dir") also takes several seconds every time.

Once an interaction has started, everything is as fast as expected.

I think this affects elevated command prompts only.

Does Windows Server 2008 R2 have a problem accessing shares?

How can I fix this, as it is becoming quite annoying?


A few seconds is normal for me when accessing locally connected drives over a RDP sessions, especially when there are lots of object (files/folders) that need to transmit back to the server. Are you talking 1-2 seconds or more than that?

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  • It's several seconds and it doesn't happen on Windows Server 2003 boxen in the same network. – Andrew J. Brehm Sep 13 '12 at 21:51
  • Hmm, I remember troubleshooting this a while ago. Something about the security model is different on the 2008+ boxes. Are you connecting with the "less secure" option set on the server or is it the default? – Brent Pabst Sep 14 '12 at 0:24
  • What "less secure" option? – Andrew J. Brehm Sep 25 '12 at 13:31
  • See the picture in the answer above, is it set to less secure or more secure? – Brent Pabst Sep 25 '12 at 14:02
  • Yes, it is. Incidentally, the several seconds of waiting time also appear when accessing the drive after a minute or two of no activity. – Andrew J. Brehm Sep 25 '12 at 23:40

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