Modern Network Architecture

Mar 24 2013   8:43PM GMT

Mapping a drive to a SharePoint 365 site



Posted by: James Murray
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Network Architecture

SharePoint is not always the most intuitive system.  I setup my Seattle IT consulting clients with 365 SharePoint to replace file servers for small businesses.  The problem is that SharePoint is just really awkward.  What my client really wanted to do was see the SharePoint site like a drive letter on the network and interact with the drive like they would as if SharePoint was truly on the

network.  Well I did figure it out.  So I thought I’d share what I found.  I’ve also located this information on my Info site where I put SharePoint and other 365 types of tips.

Detailed Steps

Open windows Explorer

Right Click Round Windows symbol lower left hand corner, Click Open Windows Explorer

Map Network Drive

In Windows explorer make, ClickComputer

From menu Bar near top of window, ClickMap Network Drive

In the Map Network Drive Window, Click “To a web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures”

In first wizard window, Click Next

In Second wizard Window, Highlight “Choose a custom network location” and Click Next

In third Network Window, Type <URL> and Click Next

(Note: use examples, I found that the first URL I put in was too long. Minimize the URL length if you run into problems.)

Follow the rest of the wizard Instructions by clicking next.

I noted it in the directions, but the first time I tried setting this up, I found it didn’t work.  What I did was reduce the length of the UNC.  I thought at first it was because it was https:  What I believe though was the link wanted to by similar to the \\server\share that Windows Explorer is used to when creating a local share.

If you try this, tell me if you got it working.  I’m also interested in other 365 or Windows 8 tips that you’d like to brag about.  If it’s pretty cool I’ll put it on my info site and point a link back to your site if you’d like.

If you try this, tell me if you got it working.  I’m also interested in other 365 or Windows 8 tips that you’d like to brag about.  If it’s pretty cool I’ll put it on my info site and point a link back to your site if you’d like.

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