UNC connection

Posted on 2015-02-09
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Last Modified: 2015-02-13
How do i made a UNC connection rather than Map network drive for all my users
could any expert explain me how to do so?
Question by:Ernesto
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Fred Marshall earned 2000 total points
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Here's how I do it and, in fact, I recommend it over mapping a drive.

Start [and maybe Start\Run]
\\[target computer IP address] <enter>

Now, perhaps this is "good enough" but you said for all the users so I presume this is a bit too "manual", eh?  So, read on:

When the dialog of shared folders opens, right click on the one you want and select Create Shortcut.
A shortcut will show up on the Desktop.

Now, if you want to see the whole computer instead of just one shared folder  in that shortcut, do this:
Right click on the shortcut and select Properties and change the Target to what you want.
For examples:
\\\Users might be the original target.
change it to:

As far as I'm concerned, this is better than a map because presumably when one closes the window for it, the connection to the "server" is terminated - thus leaving room for other connections.

I see no reason why you couldn't somehow distribute the shortcut as it shouldn't change when used on one computer or another.

Expert Comment

by:Jeff Brown
ID: 40599447
we did this by pushing out to the explorer favorites folder via domain policy.

The favorites folder is available in every application we tested it on so it was a quicker way actually then making htem goto computer and then to the mapped drive.   Still takes some training and getting used to for users.
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by:Fred Marshall
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edo60: I'm glad that I could help!

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