Error 1327 Invalid Drive Installing GoldMine on Workstation

Mark Berry August 18, 2012

I installed GoldMine 9.2 on an SBS 2008 server with no problem. But when I tried to do a workstation install on a Windows 7 virtual machine, the installer could not see the mapped drive to the server’s GoldMine installation.

After the server install, I shared the folder C:\ProgramData\GoldMine, then I mapped drive K: to that share from all machines.

Symptoms

But during the workstation install, when it asked for the location of the server’s gm.ini file, it could not find it on the K: drive:

GoldMine Install Error 1

I tried browsing for the drive, but only local drives are listed. No mapped drives are shown:

GoldMine Install Error 2

When I simply typed “K:” into the Folder name field, I got “Error 1327: Invalid Drive K:\”:

GoldMine Install Error 3

I found InstallShield document Q110636 regarding this error, but its suggestions didn’t solve the problem.

Workaround

GoldMine Support suggested that I try using a UNC path instead of the mapped drive during the install:

GoldMine Install Error 4

Sure enough, this allowed the installation to proceed and complete successfully.

However, GoldMine would not start after the installation—it complained about not finding the database alias, if I recall correctly. Apparently it does not like having the UNC path in the local (workstation) gm.ini.

On the workstation install, GoldMine placed the gm.ini file in C:\Program Files\GoldMine. That path is normally not editable, but by running Notepad as an Administrator, I was able to change gm.ini to point to the mapped K: drive:

[GoldMine]
realini=K:\gm.ini

With that change, I was able to run GoldMine on the workstation and see the data on the server.


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