Mapping Drives To Long UNC Paths
Last Updated: 01 Sep 2001
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Windows clients are generally able to map drives no deeper
than the \\SERVER\SHARE level.
The ability to map deeper than this level would come in
very handy in the case of setting Home Directories in the
Logon Script or via Policies.
There are several ways to get around the normal limitation,
but they vary in cost, ease of configuration, and in
availability across all Windows versions.
• DFS .................. http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/winfeatures/NTSDistrFile/AdminGuide.asp
DFS requires some additional software and (potentially)
hardware, but it will work with Win9x, NT and Win2K.
The SUBST command is available in all versions of
Windows, but it will only work with network resources
in NT and Win2K. DOS and Win9x can only use SUBST for
Win2K has a few problems with SUBST:
• NET USE
One advantage of Win2K, unlike previous versions of
Windows, is that the NET USE command allows you to
map folders below the customary \\SERVER\SHARE level.
The following will only work with Win2K and later OSes:
NET USE X: \\Server\Share\Subfolder\Deeper\LastDir
• With the release of Windows XP, the entire Windows
product family will support a rich CLI environment.
Dealing with Win9x is a pain, after you've managed
an NT/2000 environment.
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