How to view mapped drives on Windows 8 during Visual LANSA Network Client Installation

Date: 16 April 2014
Product/Release: Visual Lansa V13 SP1
Abstract: Unavailable mapped drives on Windows 8 during Visual LANSA Network Client Installation
Submitted By: LANSA Technical Support

A Network Client to a Windows Server (Slave or Independent) is a thin client that has only shortcuts installed. In this model, all repository and LANSA processes are accessed from the Windows Server, meaning there is a smaller footprint of files left on the development PC's.

During the Visual LANSA Network Client installation process you can view mapped drives. On Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1), because of UAC policies, you are unable to view mapped drives during the installation process.

No mapped drives visible during installation

If you encounter this, you will need to add a registry setting that will allow you to view mapped drives so you can complete the Visual LANSA Network Client install.

  1. Open Regedit.
  2. Locate and then right-click the registry subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.
  3. Select New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type EnableLinkedConnections, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click EnableLinkedConnections, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  7. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

This will enable you to the veiw mapped drives during the install.

Mapped drives are now visible

After the install is complete is a good idea to change the EnableLinkedConnections value back to 0 and restart your PC again as this will disable the feature.

This will not affect your ability to run Visual LANSA as it is only the install that requires this setting to be on.