I'm trying to detect network issue on a share drive that I do not have control over. If it were a PC on the network I would ping it, what can I do to check the status of a network share. I am working off of a Windows 7 PC. Is there a ping or traceroute type mechanism for network shares?
You can use
net view to enumerate through available shares on a server.
new view \\servername
However, I'm not really sure what you're trying to achieve...
A "share" is hosted on some piece of hardware - whether that be a NAS or a server or whatever.
So if you normally access the share with
\\SHARE\folder then just type
ping SHARE and you're able to ping it. It's the same principle as pinging another workstation.
Now if you're saying "hey, I can get to
\\SHARE but accessing
\\SHARE\folder\file keeps timing out, that is more likely an issue with the folder, the file, or possibly the application you're using to try to access said file.
If you cannot connect into the files of the share folder you have to check the security issues (on the folder right click> properties> security and you have to check if your account has the privileges to connect or modify it or not.)
Otherwise you have to check the pc name or IP into run menu (ctrl + R) or into a bar of a folder, that will open pc's shared folders.