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Windows Server Hacks
By Mitch Tulloch
March 2004
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#7
Rename Mapped Drives
Renaming drive mappings can be done in several ways, but automating the process is most efficient using a script
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Occasionally, an administrator might need to change drive-mapping names to hide share paths or to make the drive name user-friendly. This is an easy operation when done manually through a console, but when you try to automate this task, it becomes a little more difficult. Because mapped drives are not partitions on the local hard disk, common DOS commands, such as label, can't be used. Most drive-mapping commands, such as net use, don't have a way to customize the name of the mapped drive either.

One common way to perform this task is to hack the following Registry key and add the _LabelFromReg string value:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2\%key%

Here, the %key% variable is the drive letter to be changed.

There is a whole host of ways to make this method work, either by editing the Registry directly, via script, or by importing a .reg file using regedit /c. All of these methods require many steps and some require external files, so they might not fit into every administrative scheme. But there's an easier approach.


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