The Universal Naming Convention (UNC) is a standard for naming resources such as files and devices that are shared by computers on a network. It is used by Microsoft operating systems and to share network resources with Microsoft platforms on a network.
"servername" is the name of the server where the shared resource is located "shareddirectory" is the name of the directory that contains the shared resource "filename" is the name of the file
UNC Path Examples and Issues
In Windows, network mapped files are typically accessed using UNC paths that includes the server name and the shared folder. The general format for a network file path is \\ServerName\SharedFolder\FileName.
Examples of UNC paths for network files:
Note: If you can't connect to a network drive or folder, the computer you're trying to connect to might be turned off, or you might not have the correct permissions. Try contacting your network administrator. –
A mapped drive is a shortcut to a drive that's physically located on a different computer.
The shortcut on your computer looks just like one for a local hard drive (like the C drive) with its own letter assigned to it, and opens as if it were, but all the files in the mapped drive are actually physically stored on another computer.