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Net use

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Net use

Connects a computer to or disconnects a computer from a shared resource, or displays information about computer connections. The command also controls persistent net connections. Used without parameters, net use retrieves a list of network connections.


net use [{DeviceName | *}] [{\\ComputerName[\ShareName[\Volume]]] |[https://ComputerName/ShareName[/Folder]}] [{Password | *}]] [/user:[DomainName\]UserName] [/user:[DottedDomainName**\]UserName] [/user:** [UserName**@DottedDomainName] [/savecred**] [/smartcard] [{/delete | /persistent:{yes | no}}]

net use [DeviceName [/home[{Password | *}] [/delete:{yes | no}]]

net use [/persistent:{yes | no}]

  • DeviceName
    Assigns a name to connect to the resource or specifies the device to be disconnected. There are two kinds of device names: disk drives (that is, D: through Z:) and printers (that is, LPT1: through LPT3:). Type an asterisk (*) instead of a specific device name to assign the next available device name.
  • \\ ComputerName \ ShareName
    Specifies the name of the server and the shared resource. If ComputerName contains spaces, use quotation marks around the entire computer name from the \\ to the end of the computer name (for example, "\\Computer Name\Share Name"). The computer name can be from 1 to 15 characters long. If \ShareName is omitted, a connection is attempted to the ipc$ share.
  • \ Volume
    Specifies a NetWare volume on the server. You must have Client Service for NetWare installed and running to connect to NetWare servers.
  • https:// ComputerName / ShareName[/Volume]
    Specifies the name of the WebDAV server and the shared resource. If ComputerName contains spaces, use quotation marks around the entire computer name from the http prefix (https://) to the end of the computer name.
  • Password
    Specifies the password needed to access the shared resource. Type an asterisk (*) to produce a prompt for the password. The password is not displayed when you type it at the password prompt.
  • /user
    Specifies a different user name with which the connection is made. This parameter cannot be used with /savecred.
  • DomainName
    Specifies another domain. If you omit DomainName, net use uses the current logged on domain.
  • UserName
    Specifies the user name with which to log on.
  • DottedDomainName
    Specifies the fully-qualified domain name for the domain where the user account exists.
  • /savecred
    Stores the provided credentials for reuse if the user is prompted for a password. This parameter cannot be used with /smartcard or /user.
  • /smartcard
    Specifies the network connection is to use the credentials on a smart card. If multiple smart cards are available, you are asked to specify the credential. This parameter cannot be used with /savecred.
  • /delete
    Cancels the specified network connection. If you specify the connection with an asterisk (*), all network connections are canceled.
  • /persistent:{yes | no}
    Controls the use of persistent network connections. The default is the setting used last. Deviceless connections are not persistent. Yes saves all connections as they are made, and restores them at next logon. No does not save the connection being made or subsequent connections. Existing connections are restored at the next logon. Use /delete to remove persistent connections.
  • /home
    Connects a user to the home directory.
  • net help Command
    Displays help for the specified net command.
  • Use net use to connect to and disconnect from a network resource, and to view your current connections to network resources. You cannot disconnect from a shared directory if you use it as your current drive or an active process is using it.

  • To view information about a connection, you can do either of the following:

    • Type net useDeviceName to get information about a specific connection.

    • Type net use to get a list of all the computer's connections.

  • Deviceless connections are not persistent.

  • After you install and run Client Service for NetWare, you can connect to a NetWare server on a Novell network. Use the same syntax that you use to connect to a Windows Networking server, except you must include the volume you to which you want to connect.

  • If the ServerName that you supply contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (that is, "Server Name"). If you omit quotation marks, an error message appears.


To assign the disk-drive device name E: to the Letters shared directory on the \\Financial server, type:

net use e: \\financial\letters

To assign (map) the disk-drive device name M: to the directory Mike within the Letters volume on the \\Financial NetWare server, type:

net use m: \\financial\letters\mike

To connect the user identifier Dan as if the connection were made from the Accounts domain, type:

net use d:\\server\share /user:Accounts\Dan

To assign the disk-drive device name F: to a file cabinet in an MSN Internet Access community called TargetName using the Passport account, type:

net use f: TargetName /user: UserName

To disconnect from the \\Financial\Public directory, type:

net use f: \\financial\public /delete

To connect to the resource memos shared on the \\Financial 2 server, type:

net use k: "\\financial 2" \memos

To restore the current connections at each logon, regardless of future changes, type:

net use /persistent:yes

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See Also


Command-line reference A-Z
Command shell overview

Other Resources

Net services overview