display a sharepoint library as a UNC path RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    When I go to a document library and go to Actions-> Open with Windows Explorer", I see a windows opening with an address in the address bar such as"http://servername1/sites/sitename/libraryname/". But i have other sites in our network opening libraries as UNC paths"\\servername2\sites\sitename\libraryname\"..

    Can anybody tell me how can I do that?

    I want t o do this to map the path as a network drive. If I do that with the previous server I get an error" Network path not found whereas the second path works fine for mapping.
    Friday, January 22, 2010 5:16 PM


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  • Hi,

    please try the following for mapping a document library as a mapped drive
    If you go to the library you wish to link and choose Actions -> Open in Windows Explorer
    you will see something like a network share path for the URI (ie. \\sharepoint\sites\teamsite\documents).
    Copy this to the clipboard and then open My Computer. Choose Tools -> Map Network Drive. Select the drive letter you wish to use and then paste the path copied earlier. Choose the other options depending on your personal preferences or need.
    Click OK and you will now have a mapped drive to a document library

    Best Regards, Ammar MCT
    Friday, January 22, 2010 5:24 PM
  • I have tried that already. when i click on "Open in Windows Explorer", it doesnt show me an URI path(e. \\sharepoint\sites\teamsite\documents), but a relative path(http://sharepoint/sites/teamsite/documents). 

    Is there any setting that can help me open a URI path. That is possible for my other servers(production servers), but that was setup before I joined the organization and nobody knows now how that was done.
    Friday, January 22, 2010 8:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by GuYuming Monday, January 25, 2010 5:49 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by DebjitDas Monday, January 25, 2010 10:15 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Balaji4sh Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:20 AM
    Friday, January 22, 2010 8:18 PM
  • “Actions->Open with Windows Explorer “ or the “Explorer View” open SharePoint document library through WebDAV protocol.


    The WebDAV redirector ships as an updated WebClient service, if you're using Windows Vista it should already be installed, but on Windows Server 2008 you will need to install the "Desktop Experience" feature. Once installed, you can map drives to WebDAV shares much like mapping to a UNC path.


    Monday, January 25, 2010 5:49 AM
  • am using windows XP and have already checked the above requirement of running the Web Client service.

    I already told that I can libraries on some servers as UNC paths but cannot see them on the test servers.

    Is this anyway related to the virtual servers? because my test servers are virtual servers and the other servers where UNC paths are possible are physical servers..
    Monday, January 25, 2010 10:15 AM
  • It has nothing to do with virtual server.

    Please take a look at this article
    • Marked as answer by GuYuming Friday, January 29, 2010 7:36 AM
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:45 AM
  • Hi ,

    two months back even I was seeing UNC path in my sharepoint farm. suddenly now when i open explorer view

    it is showing http://site url/doc lib

    is there any settings to change it back or is it a standard behaviour?

    above link is broken. 


    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:51 PM
  • Hi Sir,

    ca i know if you found the answer for this. I also tried open as windows explorer and was not able to find the URI path instead its showing me the path like http://sharepoint/sites/teamsite/documents.

    I want to know if any settings changed help you

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8:06 PM
  • To find the UNC path to a SharePoint document library opened in File Explorer using a URL like http://host/site/doc:

    • In File Explorer, right click a file or folder in the library, wait for a menu to popup and select "Properties".
    • In the properties page that opens, select tab "General". The field "Location" will show the UNC path.
    • To copy the full UNC path, right click on it, select "Select All", then right click on it again and select "Copy".



    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:08 PM
  • I have been searching for this answer for days! This was the only solution that actually worked for me and, fortunately, was simple to use!

    Thank you very much!

    Wednesday, April 4, 2018 6:50 PM
  • This link is not working as of 4/11/19
    Thursday, April 11, 2019 3:48 PM