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|Subject:||Mapped drives in SynaMan|
|Creation date:||3/8/11 10:08 AM|
|Last modified on:||6/28/12 8:49 AM|
Mapped drives in SynaMan
Often users ask us if they can create a shared drive based on a mapped drive in SynaMan.
This is done relatively easily on Linux and Mac OS X by mounting a remote location. Refer to the documentation for Linux and Mac to see how to mount a drive residing on some other machine
This is a bit more challenging on Windows. SynaMan runs as a Windows Service
that starts at boot time. Mapped drives are user specific and are only available to the user who is currently logged in. For example, drives mapped by User A
are not visible to User B
. Services on Windows are typically run using the built-in System
account and therefore, mapped drives for a user are not available to SynaMan.
One work-around is that you run SynaMan's service as a normal user and use the UNC style path to connect to a remote machine. Additionally, you must have the same user with matching password on the remote machine. There is no way to specify a user id and password to the operating system within a service.
Consider the following example:
- You are running SynaMan on machine A
- You want to share a folder on machine B through SynaMan running on machine A
- You create a user called userA on machine A and run the SynaMan's service as this user.
- You create a user called userA on machine B as well with the same password you used on machine A
- Try logging in as userA on machine A and access the shared drive on machine B using UNC style path, for example: \\MachineB\TestShare . Ensure the OS does NOT prompt you for a password. If it does, the shared drive won't work in SynaMan
- Now create a shared drive in SynaMan using the same UNC path.
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