I am attempting to change directories to a file server such as:
However, I get the following error:
CMD does not support UNC paths as current directories
What are my options to navigate to that directory?
If you're considering scripting it, it's always helpful to learn about the
popd commands. Sometimes you can't be sure what drives letters are already used on the machine that the script will run on and you simply need to take the next available drive letter. Since
net use will require you to specify the drive, you can simply use
pushd \\server\folder and then
popd when you're finished.
Or you could switch your shell to PowerShell. It has complete support for UNC paths.
You could use
net use to map a network drive to a UNC path and then browse to the mapped drive.
As well as explicitly mapping a drive so that
cmd can cope, which might be needed by other utilities too, you could also try an alternative command shell like PowerShell.
Slightly longer explanation of pushd here: http://shortfastcode.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-deal-with-cmd-does-not-support.html
This worked for me in Win8x64:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor] "DisableUNCCheck"=dword:00000001
You should be able to do this in HKCU as well, just make sure you log off and back on again.
Wouldn't the junction command work here?
as per @pk use pushd & popd, here is an example.
use pushd to create a temporary virtual drive and after done do a popd to delete the temporary virtual drive
:selectFolder REM Confirm which Folder structure set /p location="Delete files for which QA environment: (P)retoria, (C)ape, (L)uanda or (Q)uit? (C/L/P/Q)" REM I option allows for upper and lower case if /I "%location%"=="C" set folder="\\Tfwcqa\tfwcqa\EORDERS" if /I "%location%"=="L" set folder="\\Tfluaqa\tfluaqa\EORDERS" if /I "%location%"=="P" set folder="\\Tfptaqa\tfptaqa\EORDERS" if /I "%location%"=="Q" goto endBatch REM you can not cd to a network drive so we use pushd to create a temporary virtual drive REM cd /d %folder% pushd %folder% DIR /S REM popd deletes the temporary virtual drive popd