How do I change to a mapped network drive at the command line?

Mapping a network drive is a common task for IT administrators, as it allows users to access the drive in a more convenient way. While it is possible to map a network drive using Windows Explorer, it can be a tedious and time consuming process. Fortunately, there is a way to map a network drive at the command line, which can be a much faster and more efficient way to do it.

The first step is to open the command prompt, which can be done by going to the start menu and typing “cmd”. Once the command prompt is open, the command “net use” can be used to list all of the currently mapped network drives.

The next step is to map the desired network drive. This can be done by using the command “net use ,” replacing with the desired letter for the drive and with the full Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of the network drive. For example, if the drive is on a computer with the IP address and the drive is located in the “data” folder, the command would be “net use z: \\\\data”.

Once the desired drive is mapped, it can be accessed from the command prompt by typing the drive letter followed by a colon (e.g. “z:”). The drive can also be accessed from Windows Explorer by clicking on the “Computer” icon and then double clicking on the drive letter.

If the mapped drive needs to be removed, the command “net use /delete ” can be used, replacing with the drive letter of the mapped drive. This will remove the mapped drive from the system, but it will still be visible in the “net use” command.

Mapping a network drive at the command line is a quick and easy way to access network drives. It can also be useful for automating tasks, as it can be done without any user interaction. While it is possible to map a drive using Windows Explorer, using the command line can save time and can be a more efficient way to do it.

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