Network admins and programmers generally use a shared folder to develop and test software. Usually there is a program that is shared to multiple computers and there is a common drive letter assigned to and mapped to workstations.
An example of this is Quickbooks may be installed on an Accounting server and a folder made and shared and audited on the server for key personnel. On the personnel’s computer, we would travel to the Accounting server by going to the run or search box and type \\accounting . Once the Accounting server appeared and we were authenticated, we would see the Quickbook folder and right click and map the drive. Let’s say Q (for Quickbooks). This gives the personnel instant access to this server by clicking on their computer icon.
But what would happen if you were assigned to test the software on your laptop or netbook while on the road? However, I have used a simple way to travel and develop programs or test software on a mapped drive by using my own C: drive.
Here’s how you can map the folder out and give yourself access to see how the program reacts to a mapped drive.
- Share the folder out and give appropriate permissions – in the case it would be your login account
- Always enable auditing (See our article)
- Double Click Computer – Double Click the C drive – Highlight the folder – Hit your Alt key – Click on Tools – Map Network Drive – Select a letter – Click on browse (or type in your NetBios name such as \\yourpc\folder) –
Highlight the folder you want mapped and click OK. Finally hit finish. You will now have a drive letter and can test the software.