Perhaps you like the adventure of following the mysterious Waldo or Carmen Santiago or whatever but Vista has introduced it’s own sleuthy puzzle I’ve yet to crack.
What happened to the concept of having a nifty UI that displays frequently needed top level network resources? In Windows XP this was formerly known as “My Network Places” and leveraged the NetHood aka Network Neighborhood feature. In Vista there is a thing called “Network Shortcuts” but it isn’t handy, isn’t auto-populated, and there is no provision to add any network shortcuts if you want to (other than a cut-n-paste or whatever from some other origination point).
Remember when you wanted to save a document to some network share or to a SharePoint document library how nice it was to just choose My Network Places and then the ultimate deposit destination was but a click or two away? Oh those were the good days.
The new location isn’t easy to find unless you know to look for it and then it still isn’t easy. This is nested underneath each user’s (& Default User) hidden AppData folder location. Here’s the default path for reference and use in a Run or Quick Search prompt. You will see this only from within an Office application if you choose to Publish:
I’m trying to search for answers from the guru’s of Microsoft in the Office SharePoint forum but if you know the answer – please please please – share a comment.
Here’s the next post on this subject which provides the quasi solution: