3.9. OpenAFS Support for UNC Paths

The OpenAFS client supports UNC paths everywhere. UNC paths provide a canonical name for resources stored within AFS. UNC paths should be used instead of drive letter mappings whenever possible. This is especially true when specifying the location of roaming profiles and redirected folders.

Power users that make extensive use of the command line shell, cmd.exe, should consider using JP Software's 4NT or Take Command command processors. Unlike cmd.exe, the JPSoftware shells fully support UNC paths as the current directory. JPSoftware added special recognition for OpenAFS to its command shells, 4NT 7.0 and Take Command 7.0. AFS paths can be entered in UNIX notation (e.g., /afs/openafs.org/software), space utilization reports the output of the volume status for the specified path, and many AFS specific functions and variables have been added to the command language. Take Command 13.1 will include support for OpenAFS IFS Reparse Points.

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Microsoft PowerShell 1.0 and 2.0 will also support UNC paths as the current directory.