There are many questions on stackexchange asking for a persistent across reboot functionality, and the answers point either to registry key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\DOS Devices or psubst.
It seems to me that superficially at least a similar effect can be achieved using persistent mapped network drive, for example the second command below can replace the first; they both allow access to
c:\<path> using the shorter
psubst X: C:\<path> net use X: \\localhost\C$\<path>
What are the circumstances under which mapping a network drive will not work?