Windows 7 Some library features are unavailable due to unsupported library locations using network drive
I like Windows 7. It’s so much faster than Vista and improved functionality over Windows XP.
I even like the libraries functionality of being up to include various folders in a frequently accessed section.
One problem with libraries in is using on a domain you are required to enable off-line folders and cache all of the files to your local drive.
If you do not enable off-line folders in order to be able to index the network shares and attempt to include a network folder you will get the message below the toolbar in Windows Explorer:
Some library features unavailable due to unsupported library locations. Click here to learn more
If your server as 40 GB of music and 1TB of videos, when you initially enable off-line folders and cache them the desktop PC it can take hours doing next to nothing.
It also generally slows down the whole computer particularly on login as it checks and resynchronises changed files. Your local drive may also run out of capacity.
It would have been nice if Microsoft let you share as a library folder without having to set it up as an off-line folder.
Here is a way around it:
Create a new folder on a local drive e.g.
Go to the properties for the library where you want to include a new folder
Include the newly created a local folder
Now delete the local folder d:\videos
Run a command prompt as an administrator
mklink /d d:\videos “\\servername\videos\my videos”
If you do a dir you will see the directory listed as a symbolic link
You can change into that folder and do a dir and see all the network files as if they were in a local folder. In your included libraries you will see the local folder name displaying all the network files.