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UNC and drive mapping.


I found your December 2005 drive mapping article to be very useful, and I'll be sure to try the net use batch file at work.

You didn't mention, though, that for a user with admin privileges, typing \\foo\c$ in the URL line of Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer shows the typed root folder (c:) and all shared drives on the target computer. Strangely, it does not show the other root drives that are "administratively shared" (these will appear in the folder list by adding them one by one, i.e., \\foo\d$). Not that most users should have admin privileges on servers! The real payoff is the ability to access files on one's own PC from other networked drives.

I haven't tested this on my current workplace network (WinXP and 2000), but a couple of years ago, on a campus network with mostly Win2000 clients and WinNT servers, I found a significant performance benefit (at least 2x for file transfers) by mapping drives compared to unmapped network access.

I use Citrix to connect to one work site. I find mapping network drives in Citrix to be very convenient. Plus, Citrix runs as an app on my PC, whereas VPN sticks my PC onto the target network, potentially exposing all my files to their network administrators as well as (temporarily) obliterating my local email, etc.



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Publication:Scientific Computing
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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