Generally used to share a resource over a network, including files and folders as well as printers or other physical devices

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Why is it bad to map network drives in Windows?

There has been some spirited discussion within our IT department about mapping network drives. In particular, it has been said that mapping network drives is A Bad Thing and that adding DFS paths or ...
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Security Concern with my Windows 7 Box at Work

This question may be weird and misworded but I'm not a Windows expert by any means so feel free to correct me. The group I'm in recently got new computers at work. They gave me a new computer and ...
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How can I suppress those annoying Thumbs.db files in Windows Vista and Windows 7?

In Windows XP, there used to be a folder setting like "Do not cache thumbnails." I can't seem to find something similar for Windows Vista and Windows 7, and every folder on my network containing a ...
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Share VirtualBox folders in reverse? Guest-Host?

I'm familiar with the process of installing Guest Additions and sharing host folders with the guest, but is there a way to do the reverse? I have an XP host and Ubuntu 10.10 guest, with VBox 4.0.2. ...
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How do I change the user I am logged in with on a Network Share?

When connecting to a server via Explorer (not a mapped network drive) even if the "Remember my credentials" check box is not selected, Windows remembers the password until you log out. Is there any ...
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How can I scan the local network for connected devices? (Mac OS)

I'm basically looking for something like this but available on Mac. I am trying to connect a new workstation to our wireless multifunction printer and I'm having a hell of a time getting the device ...
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Can a mapped network drive be reconnected from the command line?

On a daily basis I find myself in the Windows command prompt needing to access a network drive that is mapped but disconnected. I have yet to find a command that will reconnect this drive without ...
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Is there any way to prevent a Mac from creating dot underscore files?

At work we're letting one of our very tech savvy clients actually help out a little with a few development projects specific to him. However, he uses his own personal Macbook, and as he edits files on ...
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Disable Windows 7's “Open File - Security Warning” dialog for exe on network drive?

I have a mapped network drive, on which I store some programs, one of which I've put in my startup folder. Unfortunately, this program "does not have a valid digital signature", which means that ...
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How can I Map a Network Drive with Password so it stays mapped after a reboot?

I mapped a network drive to a location that needs a password. Now whenever my computer starts up, it tells me that it could not connect to that network drive because a password is needed. How do I ...
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Ubuntu + latest samba version, symlinks no longer work on share mounted in windows

I just apt-getted (apt-got?) the latest software for my Ubuntu 9.10 linux box, and I noticed that samba was the included in the update. After the install, the symlinks in my home directory no longer ...
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OS X: How to avoid having to re-connect to network share after NAS was turned off?

I use Mac OS 10.6 to connect to a NAS drive using the afp protocol (Finder -> Go -> Connect To Server). I have set up the NAS to automatically power off during the day, and power on in the evening. ...
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How do I connect to a network share via the Windows Command Prompt?

Is there any way to connect to a network share via cmd.exe?
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How to mount a network drive to a folder?

Does anyone know of a third party (or even windows native) solution to this simple problem. I want to map an internal network share on our windows server to a folder on each of the client machines in ...
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Mac OS can't connect to SMB shares after sleep

I used to access my local Windows 2008 file server's SMB shares on my recent (3 weeks old) MacBook Pro without problems. However, for a few days now, it fails to (re-)connect to the server after it ...
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Is there a way to “disconnect” a mapped network drive, but NOT remove the mapping?

For example, when I type net use I might see something like: Status Local Remote OK H: \\server\home folders\me Unavailable I: \\serverA\share1 ...
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How do I resolve the error “The local device name is already in use.”?

I try to map a network resource to my local device. I receive the following error: The local device name is already in use. I have the problem to find which purpose the device is used for. I try a ...
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Hide user from login screen without deactivating it

I have several network shares and created user accounts for the people who want to access them on my computer, so I can give every user different access rights. My only problem is, these users are ...
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Default username/password for accessing network shares in Windows 8?

I always had the same username and password on all my network devices (NAS, desktop PC, laptop) in my small home network. This allows me to access network shares of other devices without having to ...
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Creating a local library with network shares/drives

I think the Windows 7 library feature is great - once you understand how it works, but it's pretty frustrating that you can't add network drives/shares to a library. I fully understand that in some ...
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How can I setup an IPv6 network in this way?

I have a network mapped like this : To experiment with IPv6 connectivity, I want to configure my LAN network using IPv6. Can someone explain how to convert the connection between the Desktop and ...
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How can I share a printer on Windows 7 x64 with Windows XP x86?

I'm trying to share a printer that's on Windows 7 64-bit with Windows XP 32-bit. I've tried: Using the Add Printer Wizard on XP Selecting network printer Browsing for the printer and selecting it ...
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Windows 7 changes my account name… except it does not. How do I REALLY change my account name?

I created a new standard user account named dm500hd-ag1 on a Windows 7 Ultimate PC. The name of the host computer is ag1 so I thought I would add that in the name of the user account name. Then I ...
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Can't Share Folders - “There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper.”

I'm trying to share my "Projects" drive (F DRIVE) with the rest of my network so I can access it from my new Laptop. Upon attempting to do so, however; I received the following popup: I've tried ...
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Action can't be completed - open in another program

I have two screens with two Explorer windows open. Both are showing different subfolders in the same network path. I pick a folder on the left window that I'd like to move to the right window, I drag ...
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Share Truecrypt container

is it possible to put a truecrypt container on a net share and access/mount it form multiple machines (windows) at the same time? I fear that if both would write the file could be corrupted.
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How to auto syncronize files with network drive on Windows XP?

Windows XP: I would like to auto synchronize files between a a local drive and a network drive. I am aware of Windows Briefcase but it is very slow and I have to tell it to synchronize. I really ...
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Samba+Windows: Allow multiple connections by different users?

I have a machine running Ubuntu with Samba that I use to share stuff with my family's Windows machines in our local network. Currently they access a share for movies/music/etc with one user. I want ...
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How to make Windows 7 remember credentials for a Samba network drive?

I have a Samba share on my Ubuntu server which I map as a network drive on my Windows 7 Professional computer. After every reboot it shows the drive as disconnected and to access it I have to renter ...
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Turn off windows 7 message “could not reconnect to all network drives”

How do I turn off the little popup bubble in systray that says "could not reconnect to all network drives" ? I am aware that a particular drive is only accessible at certain times so I dont need ...
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Can access Windows share by IP or FQDN address but not by hostname

One of the lab computers at the school I administer is not able to access a any shares under the \\ad\data$ directory. I can access it from any other computer on the network. If I use the IP ...
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Why is Notepad++ so slow when dealing with files stored on a network share?

Recently Notepad++ seems to be very slow when dealing with files that are located on a network share. I am editing small files (e.g. web.config) and it is slow to: Initially open a file on a ...
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Disconnect from samba share

Sometimes during the same Windows (Vista) session i have to connect to the same (samba) file server in a workgroup (no domain) as another user. It seems Windows has cached the current connection with ...
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When accessing a drive on a computer over the network, why do you use a '$'

When accessing a network drive over a network, i.e. \\BasementComputer\C$ Why do I need to use the '$', is this just a syntax thing?
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How Do I Map a Drive Network Share Using the Linux Terminal?

Still getting used to Linux, and the GUI is great. I have Ubuntu 10 and I can go to Network and see the Windows network. Then double clicking this gets me to the drives that are shared. Then when I ...
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Windows refuses to remember network share credentials

I've been tearing my hair out trying to get Windows to remember the credentials to a network share, and almost all attempts were completely fruitless. I have two Windows machines, one being a media ...
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Slow speed with shared folders in VirtualBox

I'm using VirtualBox 3 on my Ubuntu 9.04 desktop, and I've got a VM with Windows XP sp3 mapping my ~/Documents folder as a shared folder. The virtualised Windows is mapping My Documents to the shared ...
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How can users read a PDF on a Windows network, without file locking

An office associate regularly updates a calendar PDF on a shared windows network drive. This calendar is referenced throughout the day by many of the 20-40 staff on the network, often leaving this ...
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list network shares from command prompt

Is it possible to browse a network for shares from the Windows command prompt? I want to map a drive to a network share (pushd), but I can't remember the exact name of the machine or share. Is there ...
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How can I trace NTFS and Share Permissions to see why I can (or can't) write a file

I'm trying to track down WHY I can write in a folder that, by my best estimation, I should not be able to write. The folder is shared with "Everyone" has "Full Control", with the files being more ...
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Enable (or work around) Administrative shares in Windows 8

So in using Windows 8, I've discovered that the administrative shares are disabled. There seems to be no easy way to get them re-enabled. Is anyone aware of a work around, or solution? I did not ...
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Windows 7 - Samba Shares - multiple credentials

My home setup has a linux server which serves several shares, each with a different user & password. i.e.: public, user1, user2 I can connect to my shares individually via \server\public with ...
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When browsing a specific network share remotely, Windows Explorer continuously jumps back to the parent folder

I am accessing a specific network path on another domain. It looks something like this: \\CoputerName.OtherDomain.in\c$\Inetpub\Testing\Website\ In under 30 seconds, I am automatically jumped ...
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How to use an AFP network share with fast user switching?

I'm trying to mount an AFP network share from my NAS so that multiple users can have access when using Fast User Switching (FUS). Once I mount the share as User1 and log into User2's account the ...
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Enable SMB file sharing on OS X - “Incorrect Password”

I have a Mac running Snow Leopard connected to an Active Directory domain. I can share folders on the Mac and view files from Windows without problems. When I try to enable my Mac account for write ...
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Set up a home network with different OSs

Here's a picture of my current network: I guess you will need a little bit of explanation here: I have a router (LevelOne WBR-6005), which receive my WAN signal, provided by my ISP. The only cable ...
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Windows 7 “Could not reconnect all network drives” on boot

Windows 7 won't reconnect to my network drives on startup. Once it is done booting opening Windows Explorer and clicking each share will mount them. Windows 7 Enterprise N Service Pack 1 I have ...
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Mapping an sFTP connection to a Windows drive?

I'm looking for a way to map an sFTP connection to a Windows (Vista) drive. In other words, a tool that would add a new drive (let's say N:) to my computer, that would directly point to my remote ...
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How do I check if some one is accessing my computer from somewhere?

Here is a snap shot of my processes running on Windows XP Is there anything suspicious? How will you know if some one is accessing your computer remotely?
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How do I have a network share mount in Mac OS X persist between reboots

I currently connect to a Windows (smb) share via the Finder -> Go -> Connect To Server. I have to type in the IP (although I have saved the credentials in my keychain). If I reboot or logout, I have ...