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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.

net use [devicename | *] [\\computername\sharename[\volume]] [password | *]] [/user:[domainname\]username] [[/delete] | [/persistent:{yes | no}]]

net use devicename [/home[password | *]] [/delete:{yes | no}]

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



Type net use without parameters to get a list of network connections.


Assigns a name to connect to the resource or specifies the device to be disconnected. There are two kinds of devicenames: disk drives (D: through Z:) and printers (LPT1: through LPT3). Type an asterisk instead of a specific devicename to assign the next available devicename.


Is the name of the server and the shared resource. If the computername contains blank characters, enclose the double backslash (\\) and the computername in quotation marks (" "). The computername may be from 1 to 15 characters long.


Specifies a NetWare volume on the server. You must have Client Service for NetWare (Windows NT Workstation) or Gateway Service for NetWare (Windows NT Server) installed and running to connect to NetWare servers,


Is the password needed to access the shared resource.


Produces a prompt for the password. The password is not displayed when you type it at the password prompt.


Specifies a different username with which the connection is made.


Specifies another domain. For example, net use d: \\server\share /user:admin\mariel connects the user mariel as if the connection were made from the admin domain. If domain is omitted, the current logged on domain is used.


Specifies the username with which to log on.


Connects a user to their home directory.


Cancels the specified network connection. If the user specifies the connection with an asterisk, all network connections are cancelled.


Controls the use of persistent network connections. The default is the setting used last. Deviceless connections are not persistent.


Saves all connections as they are made, and restores them at next logon.


Does not save the connection being made or subsequent connections; existing connections will be restored at next logon. Use the /delete switch to remove persistent connections.

More Information About Net Use

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