I have inherited an application that requires access to a network share, which mean the PC has to have a mapped drive before access can be gained (user and password required). Is it possible to gain access programmatically?
What I need to be able to do is check for existance of files, change their names and open them in notepad

Thanks for the suggestion but I have already done simular using NetShareAdd to map a drive. What I am really looking for is something like a 'virtual' connection that does not create a physical mapping but enables me to see and change file names on a server within the application. At the moment the user has to map a drive using user/password before the application works and I want the application to have a configuration option to enable changing connection, this will avoid logging in every morning. At present the application is hard coded to get details from the server using UNC (\\server\path)

Any ideas would help

well, the only thing I can think that would be helpful would be to create a server app that sits on the computer.... then, when you connect, have the server send the client app any information that you would like, and process it accordingly....

Yes I had thought of that but it seemed a bit elaborate, I was hoping for an easier way. It looks like I will just have to continue mapping a drive, possibly programmatically.

Why not code a server? It's not too difficult to do, I have even posted in a previous post a skeleton server that you can use, and it will simply creation of sockets and what not a whole lot. All you have to do is build the transactions between the server and client....

i've never done this under VB but did write a routine that could map drives under delphi.

the following code is how it works under delphi, you could see if can change to work with VB.

function ConnectDrive(_drvLetter: String; _netPath: String; _password: String; _username: String; _showError: Boolean; _reconnect: Boolean; _interactive: Boolean): DWORD;
var
 nRes            :TNetResource;
 dwFlags         :DWORD;
 errCode         :DWORD;
begin
 FillChar(NRes,SizeOf(NRes),#0);
 nRes.dwType:=RESOURCETYPE_DISK;
 nRes.lpLocalName:=PChar(_drvLetter);
 nRes.lpRemoteName:=PChar(_netPath);
 nRes.dwScope:=RESOURCE_GLOBALNET;
 dwFlags:=0;
 If _reconnect then dwFlags:=CONNECT_UPDATE_PROFILE;
 If _reconnect and _interactive then dwFlags:=CONNECT_UPDATE_PROFILE and CONNECT_INTERACTIVE;
 Result:=WNetAddConnection3(form1.Handle,nRes,PChar(_password),PChar(_username),dwFlags);
 end;

function DisConnectDrive(_drvLetter: String; _showError: Boolean; _force: Boolean; _save: Boolean): DWORD;
var
 nRes           :TNetResource;
 dwFlags        :DWORD;
 errCode        :DWORD;
begin
if _save then
 dwFlags:=CONNECT_UPDATE_PROFILE
else
 dwFlags:=0;
 errCode:=WNetCancelConnection2(PChar(_drvLetter),dwFlags,_force);
if (errCode<>NO_ERROR) and (_showError) then
 begin
  Application.MessageBox(PChar(SysErrorMessage(GetLastError)),
  'Error Disconnecting Drive',
  MB_OK);
 end;
 Result:=errCode; {NO_ERROR}
end;

You could have a couple of text inputs on the form, with a command button. When clicking on this after filling the info in, you could connect the drive. When the program closes you could get it to call the disconnect feature to ensure properly disconnected.

If need further help, I'll try to get it converted to a VB app, but due to workload can be sometime before I get it done.

Good Luck

Mike

appreciate all the help we can get on this mrmike, but let's try to keep delphi in the delphi forum. Thanx.

Sorry comatose,

thought if shown the delphi code, may have been able to convert it to vb code.

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