UNC paths vs mapped drives

  • Q: Can I use mapped drives when performing operations with files located on network shares?
  • A: In Windows 7 and newer, and in Windows Server 2008 and newer, it is recommended to use UNC standard path.

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

Syntax of mapped drive:
  • N:\folder\subfolder\
Syntax of UNC path:
  • \\ComputerName\SharedFolder\Resource\

Since Windows 7, the behavior of mapped drives has changed. They are created on per-user basis. Each user can have a different network resource mapped to the same drive letter. With User Account Control (UAC) enabled user can access two different sets of drives, one is shown if user has administrator privileges and completely another one if 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. Or, to keep things as simple as possible, 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, configure the EnableLinkedConnections registry value. Create DWORD value with name EnableLinkedConnections, and value 1 in registry subkey:

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