View Full Version : Does UNC work on XP Home networks?

10-17-2008, 08:37 AM
I have recently started some work for a small business that runs a small XP Home-based network. They don't use it for anything fancy, just simple file sharing.

They have asked me to set up a backup schedule where each network machine backs up to a dedicated backup server, also running XP Home, every night.

I am attempting to set this up using Cobian backup on the backup server, but in order to backup the users' My Docs etc, I need access to their C:/ drives across the network. I have done this plenty of times using the UNC syntax in XP Pro networks where it works a treat, but for some reason on this network it refuses to work at all.

Any ideas why?

I have each machine and backup server set with the same admin account and password, same workgroup, file sharing enabled. Still no joy. Is this a limitation of XP Home?

10-17-2008, 06:08 PM
have you tried to set up a network drive to do it?

net use r: \\server\share /user:username password

10-23-2008, 03:11 PM
You may need to use the IP instead of the name in the unc, if DNS and other name goodies are not running locally

it may work