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I am assembling a water cooled silent PC in which I will be running with a SSD only. My hard drives are being moved to my server in another room. I have run a few tests to find not many applications want to be installed on a network mounted drive.

For instance, I am running 7 Pro on my PC, and Windows Server 2008 R2 on the server. I have the drive shared and mounted to my PC as drive Z:\\. Now when I point the installer to Z:\\ I get errors. Steam tells me it won't install on a networked drive.

Is there any work arounds? Like maybe some way to spoof the network mapped drive into looking like its a local drive? I am running a fully wired up CAT6 network on gigabit switch so it shouldn't be a major performance issue. All speed sensitive apps are on my SSD anyway.
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Try "symbolic links" it should do the job.

Also you might want to look into something called "jumbo frames". It may improve transfers speeds from your pc to your server. (all your networking equipment would need to be compatible though)

Just as a note network transfers will never be as fast as HDD to HDD transfers & you may notice a difference.
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I was transferring my movie collection at around 65MB/s earlier and a full folder of misc stuff at over 30MB/s when I was moving everything from my internal drive backing it up to the server. I figured that was pretty quick considering its a 2.5" hard drive in the server. That was just on the 5400RPM drive, it also has a 7200RPM 2.5" drive I could use if speed was becoming a major issue.

I mainly just want to run my large files off of it that I don't use very often. Such as assorted games I play once ever so often that take up several GB that I can't afford on my SSD.

I will give your idea a try tomorrow when I am more awake to play with the server.
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Give it a go symbolic links should work, I did it on my system.
I use it for my chromium cache and profile, I have it on my hdds so it reduces the no. of writes to my ssd.
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Well I decided to try that tonight. I got the link made and the folder literally is my servers hard drive, but with a C:\\linked folder in front of it so it look local. Steam install doesn't complain about the drive being networked anymore, but fails halfway through installation saying I don't have privileges. Sigh. Think this has definitely become a task for tomorrow. I can install other things through the symbolic link, but steam still is having fits .
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Well I thought that was going to work out, but steam is still hassling me no matter what I try. I even gave full control to "everyone" on the shared drive even though I had no problems with read/write on anything else. Steam must just be made to block shared drives. Other apps are working great on this symbolic linked drive. However, iTunes is another app that gives me a privilege error.
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Can Windows 2008 run iSCSI target? If so maybe you can try that option.
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No idea what the iSCSI target is, but I have done a lot more tinkering with no success.

I have now setup a domain and a dns on the server 2008 R2. I got my desktop on the domain, made a user with admin privledges and everything. It no longer says my priviledges are incorrect when trying to install steam. Instead I get an error #1326 with the path name of install and then "GetLastError:5". I am about to give up on this idea and buy a cheaper large ssd as my secondary drive.
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