Files can be accessed over the network by using SMB or Windows File Sharing. We can also mount SMB or Windows File Sharing like a partition by giving a drive letter.
We will start by creating a Windows share. We will click to the
Properties from file options like below.
We will open
Sharing tab like below. Then we will click to the
Advenced Sharing button which is shown below.
This will open the
Advanced Sharing window. We will enable by ticking
Share this folder and then click
Apply. We can see that we will set the
Share name as
Map Share To A Drive Letter
We will map existing share with the following steps. The shares can be named as Windows Share or SMB . We will open
Computer from start or with the
Windows+E key combination.
Then we will see the following window. We will set the drive letter which is
Z: in this case. Then we will provide the
Folder: which provides the share path. The share path will containt the IP address or Host name with the path. In this case IP address is
BACKUP is the path or folder to be mounted.
Persistent Share Map
We can make the network map persistent by ticking
Reconnect at logon which will connect after a reboot.
Different Username and Password or Credentials
If we want to use different credential from the current user by ticking
Connect using different credentials
After the share is mounted to the given drive letter the share will be opened automatically. We will see following windows after automatic open.
We can see the share location like IP address and drive letter is provided to the location bar of the file manager.
If we want to access the share later we can use
Computer we will see the new drive letter
Z:. The shared drive is listed below
Network Location part of theComputer`.