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UNC Path

Universal naming convention (UNC) paths are used in Microsoft Windows to access network resources. They have a special format defined by Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Definition of UNC Path UNC Path (Microsoft documentation)

Alternative Descriptions

(Universal Naming Convention) A standard for identifying servers, printers and other resources in a network, which originated in the Unix community. A UNC path uses double slashes or backslashes to precede the name of the computer. The path (disk and directories) within the computer are separated with a single slash or backslash, as in the following examples. Note that in the DOS/Windows example, drive letters (c:, d:, etc.) are not used in UNC names.

   //servername/path   Unix

   \\servername\path   DOS/Windows

– from,not%20used%20in%20UNC%20names. from PC Magazine

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