This is something that I started looking into when I ran across a method of of setting different printers to be the default based on the location of the unit. If you were at home, your system would know that your HOME installed printer would be the one chosen by default when clicking print. But if you went to your office, the change of location ( I assume triggered by the change in system IP) would be enough to enable some routine to switch your default from printer A to printer B.
This would be a useful function to have but I never got back to looking into it and I mention this because if that can be done, hopefull there is a similar way to accomplish the following:
We have a database program that requires all data files to be stored on a "networked" drive location designated R:
When a laptop system is on the local network, that R: drive letter is mapped to an IP address containing a shared folder. This part works fine.
But for the past couple of years we have had issues blocked this even using a VPN. The solution we were advised was to use CLOUD Storage mapped to the same drive letter. when the direct mapped IP was unavailable. This required changing the mapping from "Local IP address/shared folder" location to the "Cloud mapped drive" location.
If it is possible, I would like to be able to make this switch happen automatically, remap the drive letter from ONE (the local IP) to the other "cloud Mapped" location based on some factor that could be used to determine which mapping would be correct. I am not sure this can even be done nor if it can, what to use as the determination for which path to choose.
The problem with the dual location was always how to keep so many (50 thousand) files that are in use and changed quite a bit in some kind of synchronization.
Recently, I ran some tests using the newest version of Western Digital 4TB My Cloud unit. I found that the remote access was not nearly as bad as the other Cloud Service AND since this is a Local 4TB Appliance that would be connected to out 1GB Intranet, it would give people blazing fast speeds when at the office and decent speeds when not. Plus since it is the same versions of each file regardless of how they get there, no Sync would ne needed.
With the speed of transfer remaining in the hundreds of KBPS instead of usually Less than 100 kbps, remote access was acceptable for use and those who tried it were happy with it.
The only problem left was the changes in the mapping. Once the drive letter was mapped to the correct path for inside the office, it takes a bit of restructuring to get this to work correctly outside the office network because that uses the newest WebDAV form of drive mapping.
The WD My-Cloud access , even though it was still a form of WebDAV as able to handle this arrangement speeds up to 10 times faster than any other Cloud Arrangement I had tried.
Has anyone ever run across a drive mapping utility that could switch the path for the drive mapping based on some criteria i can locate? Map the dribve to whichever layout provided the best path to follow to reach the files?
I am sure i can do probably write some kind of script and tell the users to run Local.bat fi inthe office or Remote.bat if not to remap the drives to the correct settings based on their location but it would be a "slick trick" to make this fully automatic.