With Windows 8 Enterprise, there is a common issue that I’ve been experiencing. If you are unable to connect or browse a UNC or mapped network drive, then you may want to try this fix. This will show you how to fix windows 8 network drive issues on enterprise edition. I believe the issue is with the local group policy and authentication protocols.
- From the run command line (windows key + r) type gpedit.msc
- Now browse this path… Local Computer Policy > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
- Now Enablethe following Policies.
- Microsoft Network Client : Digitally Sign communications (always)
- Microsoft Network Client : Digitally Sign communications (if server agrees)
- Microsoft Network Client : Digitally Sign communications (if client agrees)
You should now be able to connect and browse the network drives on your windows 8 machine.
Also, remember to log off/restart the computer before confirming the fix.
Thanks, This saved my bacon!
I followed your instruction, but when you log-in as a regular user account the map drive doesn’t show, only power user/admin. I have Windows 2003 server and this should not be the problem, right?
Alternatively you could also type the following into Powershell:
Set-SmbClientConfiguration -RequireSecuritySignature $true
When prompted after hitting the key, press “Y” and reboot the machine to completely apply the changes.