What is a local drive?
Your individual computer (the box that contains the processor, disk drives, memory and miscellaneous cards) will contain a hard drive (usually C:\) and may contain other drives such as A:\ (usually provides access to a floppy disk volume) and maybe other drives such as cd drives (rom drives, writer drives and re-writer cd and dvd drives). There may also be external drives directly attached to your machine.|
All of these drives are referred to as "local drives" as they are located in the users' immediate locality.
What is a mapped network drive?
If your computer is part of a network then you can create a "map" to other drives contained on the network (provided you have the correct security access permissions). This will allow you to access the network drive as if it was a local drive. As these drives are not directly attached to your machine or part of your machine, they are not local drives.|
Drives that are mapped in this way are known as "network drives". You and other network users (with the correct permissions) will be able to access these drives.
What is a remote drive?
With newer versions of windows, it is possible to connect to remote servers via ftp access. These will be displayed under windows explorer as remote drives.|
FoldMonkey cannot monitor remote drives however, there is a work around to this. You can download various products that will emulate a remote drive as a mapped network drive. Once this is set up, FoldMonkey will work on the remote drive as if it was a mapped network drive.
For example, you can try WebDrive.
What happens when I log off and log on?
When you logoff, all mapped drives will be disconnected from your local computer. When you logon again, the mapped drives will be re-connected (provided that you have set up these drives to re-connect at logon).|
Can FoldMonkey monitor mapped drives?
When running as a service, FoldMonkey can monitor a mapped drive. When the user logs off, the mapped drive will be disconnected (by Windows) and therefore, FoldMonkey cannot monitor this drive anymore.|
If this occurs then FoldMonkey will pause monitoring. When the drive is again re-connected (when a user logs on again) FoldMonkey will resume monitoring.
Work around's to scan the drive continuously:
You can either:|
1. Install and setup a FoldMonkey service on the drive that you are trying
to scan (locally - on the computer that the drive is located on - which would have to
be a Windows based system).
2. You would have to keep the current user on the computer that FoldMonkey
is installed on, logged on at all times to be sure that no scanning cycles
are missed. If a different user is logged on, the drive mapping for this
user must be the same or FoldMonkey will either generate an error message
"cannot find path" (if the new user does not have the drive mapped) or may
try to perform actions on the wrong drive (if the mapped drive is not the drive
that you are trying to monitor but has the same drive letter).