Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Unable to map a SharePoint site as a network drive

I am running WSS 3 on a Windows Server 2008 and want to map my site from ie Word or the explorer. But I get the message "Network path not found":

Or if I try to map to it or if I run "Net use" from inside the command prompt. I get the following message:

"C:\Users\lise.rasmussen>net use x: http://xxx.com/Shared%20Documents/
Enter the user name for 'xxx.com': domain\loginname
Enter the password for xxx.com:
System error 67 has occurred.
The network name cannot be found."

So I cannot open my site directly from the Explorer (via Map Network drive) cause then I get this message ("The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another"):

Or in Explorer View from SharePoint, then I get this message ("Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer", and yes it is from the client, not the server):

I run a Windows Vista client, and the client service is installed. And one more thing, if I open a document from the site I get THREE login prompts before I can open the document. I can only press Esc but... how irritating isn't that!!

The Desktop Experience is installed on the server, as well as WebDAV and it is rebooted. I also checked that the AAM is correct and can be reached from the server, check to that :)

Some blogs suggest that you update the Web Folders, but that are for really old browsers and stuff... Don't want to do that this early. That will have to be a backup plan..

I googled it many times but have not found a solution that works for me...


Man masked with black cape and hat with blindfold said...

uh oh, miss sharepoint is in twouble!

Lise said...

Har du inget vettigare att komma med...
Bring us a solution instead Z...
/Miss SharePoint

Andreas said...
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Lise said...

Hi Andreas!
Yes I have seen that article but I do not wish to do a registry hack before I know that there is a more "solid" solution :)
It usually ends with a dirty hack anyways...
Take care,

Andreas said...

Oh accidently erased my last comment :)

I also found an update for Vista KB947562. It seems there is a lot of issues with Vista and Web Folders with basic authentication. Maybe SSL will work better?

/ Andreas

Tobias Zimmergren said...

Oi! I bumped into this problem when I was cooking up some cool Server 2008 dev-machines.
Problem was that Desktop Experience feature of Server 2008 must be enabled, and then I think I recall some service/feature more that needed to be activated in order for it to properly map my UNC paths.

No hacks done, and it works splendid on my machines now. Desktop experience did the trick (in combination with some other service, perhaps)

What version of Server 2008 are you running?

Lise said...

Thank you guys!!
I will test another round and see if I have missed a setting or so...
And if that does not solve this issue then I will hack that registry...
See ya!

Jim said...

Did you find a solution?

Lise said...

Hi Jim! No solution yet. But I am still struggling. Will write immediately if I find one...

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you have gotten this yet but, the way we fixed this issue was to make sure that the WebClient Service is started on your machine.

Lise said...

Hi Anonymous
Yeah I did that = no success.
Last thing I heard was that a reinstall Server 2008 R2 helped solving this issue. They said...
Thanks for the tip!

Paul Henry said...

restarting the WebClient Service worked for me

mkraus81 said...

I have the same problem.
Do you find a solution?


Lise said...

Hi Marcel!
No I did not. But after the server was reinstalled with win 2008 R2 it disappeared.

I found an article which pretty much described my issue and has a possible solution:


Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lise,
Full disclosure: I work for South River Technologies, the developers of this software. WebDrive enables you to map drive letters to Sharepoint, Amazon S3, FTP, SFTP and WebDAV servers. It's simple to set up, and it supports Windows XP, Vista and Windows7.

Hope this helps.

Ricardo Calejo said...

Can you give a look at this?