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Info: Shared Network Folders (KB12121010)

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Info: Shared Network Folders

DriveWorks fully supports both UNC and mapped network folders.

Mapped vs UNC

Mapped Drive

If you map a drive to a network share, the mapped drive may be disconnected after a regular interval of inactivity, and Windows Explorer may display a red "X" on the icon of the mapped drive. However, if you try to access or browse the mapped drive, it reconnects quickly. This behavior occurs if the network share computer runs Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows Server 2003.

When multiple computers require access to the files on the network location, identical mapped drives must be created on each computer. The location of a file on a mapped network drive would typically look like:


When accessing a mapped drive from a computer running Windows Vista or Windows 7 the map may require to be run twice, once normally, and once elevated.

UNC (Universal Naming Convention)

You can access a file on a shared network resource by entering the file's location in UNC format, or by browsing Network Neighborhood.

To specify a file using UNC format, use the following syntax:


As a UNC path makes use of the computer name all computers accessing the shared location will be identical.

A UNC path is the preferred method for accessing SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks files on a network share.

Knowledge Base Article Ref:KB12121010