Automation Workshop FAQ—simple answers to complex questions.

UNC path?

  • Q: Can I use mapped drives when performing operations with files located on network shares?
  • A: It is strongly recommended to always use a UNC standard path.


Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) path refers to a shared network resource.

  • Syntax of mapped drive:
  • Syntax of UNC path:

Mapped drives are created on a per-user basis. Each user can have a different network resource mapped to the same drive letter. With User Account Control (UAC) enabled a user can access two different sets of drives, one is shown if the user has administrator privileges and completely different one if the user has not.

Thus, when creating a Task in Automation Workshop, it is important to keep in mind which user has what resources mapped to what drive letters. To keep things as simple as possible, a much better idea is to use UNC path instead of mapped drives. Use \\SERVER\share\ as parameter when configuring Triggers and Actions.


To allow access to the same mapped drives for all users, create DWORD value with name EnableLinkedConnections, and set it to value 1 in registry subkey:

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