Here is a UNC path I've got.\\sharespace\test1\10.0.1212.1

Can I get its parent path\\sharespace\test1\?

  • Basic powershell questions are more likely to be tolerated and answered well on stackoverflow.com . – Mark Aug 4 '11 at 19:58

There are a few options. If you have access to the share then:

(Get-Item '\\sharespace\test1\10.0.1212.1').Parent.Fullname

If you do not have access to the share, you can go the more unpalatable route of manipulating the string in various ways. This is one:

$path = '\\sharespace\test1\10.0.1212.1'
[string]::Join('\', $path.Split('\')[0..$($path.Split('\').Length-2)])
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There's a cmdlet for this:

Split-Path \\sharespace\test1\10.0.1212.1

It doesn't include the trailing '\', but if you use Join-Path then PowerShell will take care of adding it if required anyway.

NOTE: Split-Path and Join-Path try to resolve the path on the local machine, so if the path has a drive letter (say, 'F:') that is not a valid drive on the local machine, these cmdlets will throw an error. With UNC paths like the above you shouldn't have a problem.

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    Fyi this doesn't work with UNC paths if you only have the host and ShareName Split-Path "\\HostName.domain.com\ShareName" but if you specify a folder under the share it works Split-Path "\\HostName.domain.com\ShareName\test" – Chris Magnuson Apr 27 '17 at 12:45

Here's a simple way to parse the parent path out of the full UNC path.

$fullPath = "\\sharespace\test1\10.0.1212.1"
$parentPath = "\\" + [string]::join("\",$fullPath.Split("\")[2..3])
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