Windows: Map network drive to a folder

The default behavior of mapping a network drive does exactly what it sounds like it does: it maps a network share to a local drive. Sometimes, you may want to map a network share to a folder, or subfolder, on your local system. This can be done pretty easily.

Open up a command prompt, as Administrator, and type the following:

mklink /d “c:\path\to\local\folder” “\\path\to\network\share”

Replace “c:\path\to\local\folder” with the path on the local drive where you’d like the network share to be mounted, and replace “\\path\to\network\share” with the actual path to the network share.

If you already have the credentials for this network share saved, or it’s a public share, you’re all set. Otherwise, you’ll be prompted for credentials. You can save these the same as you would save them when you map a network drive the normal way.

This can work very well in conjunction with mapping multiple shares on a target machine with different accounts.

Windows: Mount multiple samba shares from the same host, using different credentials per share

By default, Windows will only allow you to mount one share per destination computer at a time. For example, if you’re working on a Windows computer, and have a file server running samba with multiple users, you may run in to this issue.

One way around this limitation is to create additional DNS entries (either on a local DNS machine or in the host file of the Windows machine) per share.

Let’s assume your Samba server has three different shares, each owned by a different user: Share1, owned by User1; Share2, owned by User2; Share3, owned by User3. For this example, the IP address of the Samba server is

If you are running a local DNS server, you can simply add additional records pointing to the Samba server. If the local domain name of the Samba server is samba.lan, you could add records such as share1.samba.lan, share2.samba.lan, and share3.samba.lan. Then, on the Windows machine, attempt to access Share1 by the following address in file explorer:


Windows will prompt you for credentials. Enter the credentials for User1. Repeat for Share2/User2, and Share3/User3.

If you do not have a locally running DNS server, you can still use this same method. Open up Notepad, running as Administrator, and open up the host file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts). Add entries similar to the following:     share1.samba.lan     share2.samba.lan     share3.samba.lan

and save the file. That will achieve the same results as adding records to a local DNS server, but only for the local computer. Once you’ve made these changes, open up file explorer, enter \\share1.samba.lan\shareName in the address bar, and enter the credentials for User1.

Pretty simple!

Enabling WordPress permalinks on nginx

WordPress includes support for permalinks on nginx since version 3.7. However, the drawback is that WordPress is not aware of the location of your nginx config file. So you must edit that, and reload the nginx config, in order for permalinks to work on a new wordpress site.

This discussion on’s support site contains detailed information: link.

The TL;DR is this:

  • Open up your nginx site config file in the editor of your choice
  • If you already have a ‘location / { … }’ block, add this line to it, at the beginning:
    • try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$request_uri;
  • If you do not have a ‘location / { … }’ block, add the following code to your config file:
    •         location / {
      try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$request_uri;
  • Save, and exit your text editor
  • Reload the nginx configs

Make sure you enable permalinks in your WordPress config, and you’re off to the races.