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SHARED SHORTCUT AS MAPPED NETWORK DRIVE

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Is there any way to share a shortcut on a server so it can be mapped as a network drive.

I have about 70 pc's with a drive mapped as E:\\server\share but we want to move the files to \\server2\share and not have to go round all the pc's and re map the drives. So we would like to replace the share on \\server\share with a shortcut or redirect to \\server2\share. So the pc's will still point to the existing mapped drive but go to the new server2 location. Then we can go round our depot's and change the mapped drives at our leisure without hours of downtime.

Hope that doesn't read like gibberish.

Thanks
Geoff
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Well, how did you accomplish the mapping in the first place?  Via logon script?  If so, just change your logon script.  Add:

net use E: /delete
net use E: \\server2\share
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You can use DFS to do this.  Move your files to the new location and share from there.  Install DFS on the original system.  Configure DFS to point to the new server location.
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The clients are W98 W2k and even a couple of W95 Pc's they don't use a logon script, they all have individally mapped drives.

If we use DFS do the clients have to re-map the drive to the dfs file name?
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They could use the same share name.  You would need to stop sharing the existing share.  Then install DFS and create the rootdrive with the name of the previously named share name.  Clients will connect to the DFS root as the currently named share.  After loading DFS you use the DFS admin utility to go in and point to the newly created share, where you've moved your files.  On Windows 9x boxes, you may need to load a DFS client, don't remember since I work in an NT/W2K only environment.  However, if you are thinking about this solution, you need to read up on it and plan it out, so I'm sure you will run across what will be necessary for 9x boxes.  I'll look it up also when I get some time.
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Win 95 clients will need a DFS service loaded.  Win 98 has the service buit-in when you select Windows File Sharing.
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Although I dont use logon scripts, that pointed me in the right direction. I have set the pc's to run a batch file on startup that coppies and runs a batch file from the server. This batch file runs a net use /y command to map the drive. this way i can change the batch file on the server to re map everyones mapped drive letter on startup to any share on the network.
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