Universal Naming Convention
Lets have a quick look on who files are named
when using a network.
First, I prefer to see in the Titlebar the full path of a
This is configured in the menu : "View"
/ "Folder Options" on the
In this example, I browse via "My Computer"
on the desktop to my E-drive, where I have
a shared directory called "MyDomain" (shared under the
same name) and I look to the directory
"j_helmig", for which the full path-name is : "E:\MyDomain\j_helmig":
Using now the "Network Neighborhood" on the desktop, I
browse now to the same directory,
by first selecting the system on the network (" C500
"), the shared resource (" mydomain")
then the directory, the fill path is now: \\C500\mydomain\j_helmig
This path is expressed as UNC-name: Universal
- "server-name" is the computer-name as
defined in the network setup,
- "share-name" is the name of the shared
resource, as defined during giving the share-permision,
- followed by directory-name and filename inside the shared
Usually, there is no need to bother about the UNC-name, since
support already the "Network Neighborhood" in their
But some older Windows-software (mostly if it was converted from
Windows 3.1) or DOS
programs do NOT offer in the File-Open-Dialog the possibility to
browse the network,
in such cases it is required to map a network drive.