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Question: DeltaCopy won't work with mapped drives, why?
Answer: When you map a drive in Windows, the mapping only exists for the user who created that map. Additionally, a drive is mapped after the user logs in.

When Windows Scheduler runs a scheduled task, it creates a new instance of the user and runs the task under that account. Therefore, the drive mapping you create using your regular account does not exist when the scheduler runs the task and therefore, the mapped drive is never found.

A possible work-around

IMPORANT We have not tried this work-around and therefore, are not sure if it will work.

Rather than executing a DeltaCopy task, try scheduling a batch script that will create a mapping to the remove drive, run DeltaCopy and then remove the drive mapping.

Here is an example of a pseudo script.

net use z: \\SomeComputer\SharedFolder yourPassword /USER:YourUser
start /WAIT "c:\DeltaCopyInstallationFolder\Scripts\TestScript.dcp"
net use z: /DELETE

There are 3 commands in this script. The first one creates a mapping. Type net use /? in a console window to get the syntax for the command. The second command runs DeltaCopy's task and the third removes the mapping.

After creating the script, use Windows Scheduler to run the batch file based on a schedule.

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