NET USE Command
NET USE Command
I use the Recovery Console to connect our Laptops to our old computer (well, not that old) which has loads of disk space on it.NET USE S: \\HOME-PC\Data /PERSISTENT:YES
We store all of our data on it, so we don't lose any of it. Our 'Server' is backed up every night to DVD which I archive every once in a while in case we delete something only to find we need it back.
I use the NET USE Command to set up a drive mapping to a folder I have shared out on the Server. The command I use is:
NET USE is the command to map a drive in addition to lots of other things such as connecting to a shared printer.
S: is the drive letter I want to use for our home
\\HOME-PC\Data is the name of the Server (HOME-PC) and the shared folder (DATA)
PERSISTENT:YES ensures this drive mapping is not lost when we reboot our Laptops or the Server.
Hello Phil. Thank you for writing your web page.
NET USE is a very handy command. It is not normally used by home computer users, but I can see how it has proven to be very useful to you and your family.
I recall using the NET USE command to map data shares for an old Radiology System back in the 1990s.
The command we used was a bit more involved than what you use.
For example, we had to include in the command information such as a domain name and account username and password
The one thing that does not work so well in my experience is the PERSISTENT:YES switch.
I find this is OK for a short while, then for reasons unexplained, the drive mapping disappears. The only way to get it back is to re-enter the NET USE command.
Side Note:- Do you know the reason why this switch periodically fails? Contribute to the discussion and share your knowledge!
We ended up putting it in a batch file to save time having to retype it out all over again.
For info: If you go to your command prompt and enter: NET USE, it displays all the shared resources your Laptop is connected to. See the NET USE Status image above.
I have taken the liberty of adding images to your web page, so we can illustrate the point. Take a look.
If you find this article a little confusing I hope the images above help clarify things for you.