Network Share Discovery

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Network Share Discovery

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FolderSizes can resolve network shares on remote servers or within domains/workgroups.

 

There are a number of ways to access share discovery features, each described further below.

 

Path Management Features

 

Whenever you see a Paths button adjacent to a location bar, you can click its drop down arrow and select the Discover Network Shares option from the resulting pop-up menu. Other tools may also expose share discovery features (for example, the Disk Reporter has a discovery option in its Add Disks toolbar pop-up menu).

 

Initiating network share discovery will cause the the Discover Shares dialog to appear.

 

Interactive share discovery has two operational modes.

 

1.Discover shares on one or more computers

2.Discover shares on one or more domains (or workgroups)

 

When discovering shares on one or more computers, enter their host names or IP addresses, separated by commas.

 

When discovering shares on one or more domains or workgroups, enter NETBIOS domain/workgroup names, separated by commas.

 

Once share enumeration is complete, you'll be presented with a list of discovered shares from which to choose.

 

Location Bar Syntax

 

Entering a UNC path into the Location Bar with only a server name (prefixed by two backslashes) will trigger the network share resolution function. For example, entering a path of:

 

\\myserver

 

Will cause FolderSizes to attempt enumeration of shares on the hostname "myserver". When running in interactive mode (e.g. no command line mode), FolderSizes will then prompt the user to select which network shares on "myserver" should be analyzed. When running in command line mode, FolderSizes will analyze all discovered shares.

 

This behavior also works with multiple servers, or a mix of local and network server paths. A more complex example:

 

c:\temp | \\myserver | \\myserver2

 

Given the above paths, FolderSizes will attempt to resolve network shares on "myserver" and "myserver2" (again, prompting the user for share selection if running in interactive mode) and leave the "c:\temp" alone. FolderSizes will then begin analysis of all selected (and resolved) paths.