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I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to map a Network path to a folder rather than a drive in Windows 2000 Server.

Here's the situation.  We have an application that stores image files in a folder on the local drive.  We do not have the ability to change where it stores the images, but need more space.  We want to simply add a NAS to the network and store the images there, but since I can't change the path the application uses, I need to somehow map that path to go to the NAS rather than the local drive.

This would of course be simple in a unix / linux system, but I haven't found a way to do it in Windows yet.  I am going to try to create a lnk to the NAS path and see if all works well, but that won't allow access from a dos prompt, which may be required as some of the applications utilities utilize DOS level access.

In case I wasn't 100% clear what I'm after is to have
C:\application\Images   point to a Network Folder rather than the local drive.

Thanks,

Neal.
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Why don't you change the path from C:\application\Images to n: (which ios your mounted network drive)? Won't your imager allow this?
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Unfortunately No.  I cannot change the path that the application saves to.
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A couple of ideas I can think of:

1) You can assign a folder to a drive via Disk manager so you could add an additional HDD and assign it the path c:\application\images

2) Create a scheduled batch file to move the files from c:\application\images to where you have more space

HTH,
Nat
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Hi Nat,

Thanks for the thoughts.

The application here is a medical imaging software application (XRays, Ultrasound, etc.).  The equipment provider has a service contract which they will not honor if we alter the equipment so adding drives directly to the server is not an option.  

Moving the files also won't work for us because the medical image viewing software will only pull directly from the server.  It works something like this.  In the viewing software, the Dr. puts in the patient identifier and the server responds with a list of studies done for that patient.  The doctor selects the study(s) to view and clicks view and the server sends the images to his station (DICOM protocol for sending medical images).

This is a project I'm helping a friend with.  We use a similar setup in our office, however our imaging server software is a bit more robust than theirs and we don't have the service contract limitations they do.  They could of course have the contracted organization do the work for them, but they want to charge about 4 times what the NAS is worth.

Thanks again,

Neal




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Dark King,

These look like exactly what I'm looking for.  The only limitation appears to be that the drive needs to be local for the Junction to be created.  I'm still looking into this though.  It appears that this could be very useful for any number of things.

Neal.
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Dark King,
  I am awarding you full points for the information contained in the links will likely allow me to get things working.  Unfortunately junctions do not work with network drives, only local drives, so will not work for what I am trying to do.  Links work for network drives, but don't seem to work at the command prompt level.  I think I can make this work for me with a bit of effort.

  In any case, I want to thank all who answered for their efforts.

Neal.
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