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Q. Which is the most reliable way to map a network drive on either local or remote drive?

I generally use the Process class and run the Net Use command. I think this can also be accomplished within c# using Netsh or Powershell, etc...
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You can use the WNetAddConnection2 WinAPI function to map drives programmatically. Use WNetCancelConnection to un-map a driver. The P/Invoke code can be found here:

http://www.pinvoke.net/default.aspx/mpr/WNetAddConnection2.html
http://www.pinvoke.net/default.aspx/mpr/WNetCancelConnection2.html

Keep in mind, though, that (AFAIK) mapping a drive is really more of a convenience to the user, rather than your application. Mapping a drive gives you an association to a drive letter, but using a UNC path (which is what you pass when you map a drive) is just as simple (programmatically) as using a drive letter.
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@dj_alik

Maybe I'm not reading the post correctly. Isn't WNetAddConnection2 what I suggested?
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I can manually Map the network drive share using the built-in Windows 7 'Add network share' window. This is what I'm looking to do, except programmatically.
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Maybe I don't understand what you are asking then. From what you described, that is exactly what WNetAddConnection2 is for.
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I'm currently trying these suggestions. There is also a WNetAddConnection3.
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thx
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