Mount Remote Folders in Windows

By Deane Barker on February 9, 2004

How to Create and Manipulate NTFS Junction Points: This is awfully handy. It allows you to map a drive, but map it to a local folder, instead of using a drive letter. So as you traverse your directory tree, you could drop into a remote folder that appears it be local. Very Linux-ish.

You can surpass the 26 drive letter limitation by using NTFS junction points. By using junction points, you can graft a target folder onto another NTFS folder or “mount” a volume onto an NTFS junction point. Junction points are transparent to programs.

Via asymptomatic.net, the author of which I still haven’t forgiven for dissing Firebird (but, he did get me to subscribe to his blog, so I’ve been skillfully manipulated nonetheless…)

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Comments

  1. This works great with local folders — mapping a local folder to another local folder, but I can’t seem to get it to map a local folder to a remote folder. Without that, what’s the point, really?

  2. Yeah, actually, some of the tools only work within NTFS volumes, so it wouldn’t even work between two drives.

    You can use Junctions as a faster alternative to virtual directories when serving from NT. Rather than having the HTTP/FTP server resolve virtual directories, it can traverse the filesystem normally. It makes centralizing the ACL for directories that are shared between users easier.

    I’m sure there are a few other administration tasks that could be simplifies using this little-known feature.

  3. There’s a handy program called ‘Junction Link Magic’ that allows you to manipulate JP’s in a similar fashion to symbolic links.

    I’ve used them to set up jp’s on c: that link to main folders on my other drives… saving space, but keeping things simplified for use (don’t have to remember what drive things are on… just go to c:) and updating (if I change the drive I want a certain folder on, I don’t have to update anything but the JP). Handy for other things too… see “http://wikipedia.com/wiki/NTFS junction point”.

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