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How do I make Windows 7 log off from a password-protected Samba network drive?

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Open CMD, type NET USE X: /DELETE or NET USE \\SERVER\SHARENAME /DELETE

where X: is your drive and \\SERVER\SHARENAME your fully qualified share name.

Step by Step

  1. View all network connections:

    NET USE
    

    Example Output:

      Status                 Local       Remote            Network
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    OK                                 \\name\IPC$       Microsoft Windows Network
    OK                                 \\name2\folder    Microsoft Windows Network
    
  2. Using the Remote name, we can disconnect using on of the following statements, depending on which one we want to disconnect from:

    net use \\name /delete
    

    OR

    net use \\name2\folder /delete
    

    Example Output: (given the above \\name\IPC being connected))

    Net use  \\name /delete
    \\name was deleted successfully.
    

Another way, to disconnect from every share is to execute net use * /delete. This will disconnect every Network share you're currently connected to. This is still quicker than logging off and back on.

If you want to create an icon to automatically disconnect all network shares, you can do the following:

  1. Right-click on a blank area of the folder you want to add the shortcut to.
  2. Point to New->Shortcut and click.
  3. Type net use * /delete /y for the Command, then click Next.
  4. Give it a name, and click Finish.

You can also specify a certain network share, if known in advance, and use that one instead. Using the /y automatically select the yes option in the command.

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thanks, good answer...but is there a GUI way of doing the same? I am actually asking not for myself(I switched to linux ages ago) but for a friend of mine who is not too tech-savvy. Thanks again. – Alex N. Oct 31 '11 at 2:38
    
You can create it as an icon (shortcut) or right-clck the drive in My Compute and click Disconnect – Canadian Luke Oct 31 '11 at 14:39

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