Map A Network Drive
If you use a network drive on a daily basis or if you don"t want to go through menus just to view a drive, then you should consider mapping your network drive. This same process works basically the same as all versions of Windows 9x with a little difference in Windows 2000. There are three methods to create a network drive mapping:
First Method: Use Network Neighborhood or in Windows 2000 Network Places. Follow these instructions:
- Double-click on the Network Neighborhood icon and then select the directory you want to map a drive letter to, such as a particular folder.
- Once you have located your folder, then click on File and select the menu item: Map Network Drive.
- Notice that the next available letter is already presented with the network path.
- Be sure that the box is checked: Reconnect at logon, so your drive mapping is not lost.
Second Method: Using MS Explorer. Follow these instructions:
- Execute Explorer.
- Scroll down the left view pane and select Network Neighborhood or Network Places in the case of Windows 2000.
- Then continue to click on the "+" symbol to expand the folders beneath the network server. Then select your folder or program directory you want mapped.
- Then click the Tools command and select the item: Map Network Drive.
- Select your desired drive letter and click the OK button. Also remember to check that Reconnect at logon box, otherwise the mapping will not remain.
Third Method: Using the command line. Follow these instructions:
- Go to the Start button, select Run.
- In the command line box type the following: net use [D:] [\\Server Name\folder path] /PERSISTENT: Yes D:= the desired mapped drive letter. The next square brackets equal the folder path on the network. The /Persistent option takes care of the Reconnect at logon box at the command line level.
- Notice the available command parameters available by typing in: net use /? at the command prompt or typing it in the command line block. This command is a little different for each Windows operating system, but will function correctly. Just be sure to use the command: net use /? to see the different parameters available.
To access your desired network folders you will have to know the proper passwords prior to creating a mapped network drive. You may further want to consider that various drive letters such as F, X, Y, and Z are typically used by Novell NetWare and if you still have a command in your CONFIG.SYS file called: lastdrive=f or some other drive letter remove or change it because it may interfere with your drive mapping. To remove the mappings, simply follow the same steps and do not check the box: Reconnect at logon or add the command /Persistent: No; so the next time you reboot your system, the drive mappings will be removed.
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Date of last revision: 31 July 2001.