Map Master Page Gallery as Network drive in SharePoint 2013

Error (“Windows Cannot Access ..”) Mapping Master Page Gallery as Network drive
In the new Design Manager users have option to Upload Design Files or Design packages that can be further edited in the Design Manager.The option “3. Upload Design Files” in Design manager describes that the best way to upload these files or packages is by mapping the Master Page gallery as a Network drive.
If you follow the MSDN article Here it describes some simple steps to do this mapping but when you try to follow these you might run into the below error -
"Mapping Network Drive Sharepoint 2013"
This error occurs because of a missing feature “Desktop Experience” in Windows Server 2012. Lets look at the options to add this feature and add Master Page gallery as a Network drive.
Firstly, copy the MasterPage gallery URL from the “3. Upload Design Files” option in Design Manager (See below)
"Master Page SharePoint 2013"

Next Navigate to Manage -> Add Roles and Features in the server.

"Windows Server 2013 Roles and Fetaures"

Select next in the wizard
"Windows Server 2012 Roles wizard"

"Windows Server 2012 Wizard"

Next select “Desktop Experience” as in the screen below (if not already selected) and select Next.
Desktop experience windows server 2012
(We have already installed this feature and that’s why the feature says “Installed” next to “Desktop Experience” in the screen above)
The feature gets installed (see below)
"Installation Progress"

Once it’s finished you would need to reboot the server.

Now try adding the Mapping again.
"Map Drive Windows server 2012"

"Adding the mapping"
Finally you can Map the Master Page Gallery as a Network drive.


Carlos Torres said...

thank you very much

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