I work with a bunch of muppets - Please help!

By taffia77 ยท 8 replies
Apr 5, 2006
  1. At my workplace they are about to disable the network drives that appear in My Computer, because apparently, we shouldn't be accessing them through my computer, but through mapped shortcuts on the desktop.
    I won't go into the whys or wherefores, but this will seriously hinder myself and my colleagues who actually do know how to use a computer.
    What I need to know is if there is a way to make a folder act as drive, and appear in My Computer.
    I'm not sure if Daemon Tools does this or not, but it's not an option anyway as I'm on a Limited User Account and that program doesn't install
    Are there any free utilities that will do this, or am I missing something obvious that is already available to me in XP?
  2. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    lol. please do explain the why's and wherefores of that one. I'm intrigued.

    What you're looking for is the XP command line command, SUBST

    subst {drive letter} {folder location}


    subst z: c:\folder

    Or you could use the NET USE command...


    I'm not sure that either of these can be used from a limited account though, and even if they can normally, they'll be disabled if your sysadmin is worth his/her salt.
  3. taffia77

    taffia77 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Yes they have disabled the command line from the limited account, but as I stated I work with muppets so whenever I want to run a DOS command I just creat a new text file in notepad and name it whatever.bat :haha:
    The fun I've had in the past.
    Seriously, the whys and wherefores are soooo boring!
  4. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    You could pm me the rough jist of it if you like.

    Sad, I know, but it'll be bugging me for ages. lol. I can't possibly think of a reason, unless they can somehow log the network access more easily.

    Maybe he's only worth HALF his salt. I'm sure management are looking for salt cutbacks all the time. lol
  5. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Posts: 420

    Yeah I'm interested too... I have the same sort of deal at school, although I don't need to get admin rights, I'd love to disable the bloody net nanny, we can't get on to bebo. Whenever I need something that has been taken away, e.g. ms-dos, I just make a shortcut, so maybe if you make a shortcut to the drive and name it something inconspicious?
  6. s3xynanigoat

    s3xynanigoat TS Rookie Posts: 94

    not sure if this will help or not...

    My computer > Tools > 'map network drive' > give it a drive letter and then browse to the FQDN \ share name.

    Maybe this is the way they had it setup before, wasn't really sure from the OP.

    Out of curiosity, how would not having these in 'my computer' hinder your work?

    Why are they taking this option away?
  7. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    LOL!... See, you've started a circus now. We all want to know. lol

    On a more serious note though, by al means try the "map network drive" option. I'd simply assumed that if the sysadmin was worth even half of his salt, that option would have been removed from the tools menu, along with the "folder options".
  8. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Posts: 420

    But the great (or terrible, depends on who you're asking) thing about windows is that if something's denied, you can still get to it by just making a shortcut :haha: I love windows
  9. s3xynanigoat

    s3xynanigoat TS Rookie Posts: 94

    I see no benefit to removing network drives form 'my computer'. I also see no disadvantage to having them mapped as icons on your desktop. Seems to me it's like apples and oranges.

    I've been running through my head why you may want to do this and well... it's not making sense. Maybe they want to do it solely for experience.

    Is your organization big or small?
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