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Mapping a network drive (Sharepoint)

Posted on 2009-05-12
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I just installed a new hard drive and an rebuilding my system.  I can no longer log into a Sharepoint network drive using "Map a Network Drive" as I used to.  I get this error: "The network path could not be found."  The only change I made in my new system is I now use McAfee instead of AVG for my firewall, but I spent a lot of time today with McAfee and we turned off the firewall, and I still can't get in.  It does not appear to be related to McAfee.  Any ideas here?  I have a feeling this must be a simple permissions setting somewhere.
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Which version of Windows are you using? There are 2 seperate ways to access SharePoint sites using UNC paths.

For Windows XP you must do the following:
Copy the http URL to the landing page of your site on SharePoint. Open My Network Places. Select Add Network Place. Select Choose another network place. Paste the http URL in the location box. SharePoint might ask you for your domain credentials. Click Finish. You will see the new location in the My Network Places list. You can drag it to your desktop or create a shortcut.

For Vista/7 it is alot easier. You can modify the URL to a UNC path e.g.:
http://SharepointServer/Sites/MySite/Subsite. Change the URL to look like \\SharepointServer\Sites\MySite\Subsite.

As a note, don't try to drill down to a document library level or other site features as the URL will have GUID ID's and view options in the URL. Rather just map to your root site URL and browse folders from there.

Failing the above, it could simply be DNS settings on your machine. Ensure your machine's network card has DNS server entries, suffixes for your domains etc. Make sure you can ping the hostname of the SharePoint server and it resolves with it's DNS suffix at the end e.g.:
ping sharepointserver
Pinging sharepointserver.mydomain.com

Hope this helps.
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