In this guide, we will explain step by step on how to map a Network Share in Windows.
So you’ve got yourself a new network drive, connected and configured it, and now you want to be able to access it from your workstation. The most common way of doing this is by mapping the network drive manually.
Firstly, open up your computer by typing in ‘This PC’ on the Start Menu.
Click on the ‘Map network drive’ button residing on the ‘Computer’ tab of the Windows Explorer Ribbon.
Then assign a Drive Letter and specify the path to your network share. Check – ‘Reconnect at sign-in’ if you wish to have your mapping remembered by Windows.
Fileshare in our example resides on a server with the following ip address: 192.168.4.38.
‘fsdrive’ is the name of the share itself.
Typing ‘\\192.168.4.38\fsdrive’ will point Windows to the specified share.
If your share is located on the same domain as your workstation, and your username has the correct permissions. You can leave the option – ‘Connect using different credentials’ checked off.
Note: Hidden shares require a dollar sign ($) appended at the end of the name of the file share like this: ‘\\192.168.4.38\fsdrive$‘.
The network share in our example originates from a different domain than our workstation. We need to specify this domain by typing its name, followed by a backslash and the username itself. See below how the domain changes while doing so.
The server in our example resides on the Windows domain named: s2016. The user named ‘administrator’ has access to the ‘fsdrive’ file share with administrative privileges.
Your network share is now mapped and ready to use. Would you like to know how to automate and speed up this process? You can read it here in our next guide.