You can also access network resources by mapping a network drive using Windows Explorer. After you have mapped a network drive, it will appear as just another drive letter in either My Computer or Windows Explorer, right alongside your local drives like C:\ and D:\.
You can map a network drive in several ways. Here's one:
Now, accessing your common network places is as easy as opening Windows Explorer and choosing the appropriate drive letter. In other words, accessing resources locally and over the network is all but indistinguishable.
Additionally, you can use the NET USE utility at the command line to map a drive. The NET USE utility uses the following syntax:
NET USE x: \\computername\sharename
where x is the drive letter used for the mapped connection, and \\computername\sharename is the UNC path to the share. (You read the UNC sidebar, didn't you?) Once you map the network drive, you can access its drive letter just as you would any other drive on your system:
Although not terribly difficult, it does require a bit more work than using any of the graphical methods discussed previously. It is most commonly employed by administrators in batch files at logon time so that all network users have access to a central file server.