Access your Shared Folders

You can access your shared folders on your Windows Home Server by either clicking on the “Shared Folders on Server” icon on the desktop or by right clicking the Windows Home Server tray icon and left clicking the “Shared Folders” text.

You may also map your shares to a drive letter on your PCs (client) by using either one of the following:

A: In My Computer, select Tools, Map Network Drive in XP or Computer and Map Network Drive on the header in Vista. Then select the letter you want to assign from the drop-down list, then click BROWSE. This opens a network navigator and you can select your server and the share you want. Finally, before clicking OK select the Reconnect at logon box to make the drive come back next session.

B: Click Start then Run and type cmd for XP. In Vista click the round orb and in the Start Search box type cmd.exe. In the box that opens type this command: NET USE <drive letter:> \\<server name>\<share name>, where <drive letter> is the drive you want to map to followed by a colon, <server name> is the name of your WHS server and <share name> is the share you want to map to. You need to add /PERSISTENT:YES to the end to make the share remains constant when you restart or log back on.






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  1. Les says:

    As the admin I’d like to map a single drive letter to the root of all the shares (i.e. \\servername\shares) however this isn’t shared by default on the server. Would there be a problem if I shared this folder?

  2. Ben says:

    I am working on setting up a new home server. On the network there is 1 desktop and 2 laptops. There is also five users for these computer and they may log in to any one of the computers.

    I woud like to redirect all the computers local data storage (i.e. my documents, my music, my pictures) locations to one on the windows home server. Is there an eay way to map these folder locations using a group polocy or do I need to login as each user and change he folder mapping? Because there is laptops in this setup, will I be able to use the “make folder available off line” work once the folder locations have been redirected?


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