Mapping a Network Drive using Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 is easy right? Well, based on the number of emails I get asking me how it’s done, apparently it’s not as easy as Microsoft probably intended… Anyway, it’s really simple once I show you where it’s hidden so as an added bonus, I’ll also show you how to do it from the CMD line.
First, here’s the more common method using Windows Explorer.
How-To Map a Network Drive in Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 using Windows Explorer
1. Click Windows Start Button, Computer
2. Click Map network drive (I know…. It was hidden
3. Select the Drive Letter (I choose Z in my example), Type or Browse to the Server Share, Check Reconnect at Logon Box if you want the Mapping to be persistent (remain after a reboot). Click Finished when finished.
ALL DONE! I told you it was easy!
Ok, now let’s review the how-to from the CMD line interface.
How-To Map a Network Drive in Windows 7, Vista and Windows Server 2008 using the CMD Line
1. Click Windows Start Button and Type CMD then Press Enter Key
2. Type net use z: /persistent:yes \servernameshare and Press Enter
From the example above, feel free to use the drive letter of your choice. Use an * to choose the next available drive letter currently not mapped to anything.
You can also exclude the /persistent switch if you don’t want the mapping to be permanent (Persistent after a reboot). Additionally, you can use the IP address of the server/workstation if you want.
One other note, the above command string also assumes you have access to the server share your trying to access. If you need to connect using a different account, use the following command:
net use z: /persistent:yes \\servername\share /u:domainaccount password
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