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I looked around these here interwebz for a solution to running Steam off a network drive. Installing there is not possible, and it ignores network drives when selecting a location to install games to. I have found a solution, and it is very simple!

  1. Install Steam on each machine you will want to run it on (in any order, point being you need to install it everywhere)
  2. Create your shared folder on the network drive where you will put your Steam games
  3. Map that folder to all your computers
  4. Copy all of your games from the various steamapps folders from your computers (located in C:\Programe Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps for 64bit users) into the network share
  5. For each Steam installation, go to into the Steam folder and rename the steamapps folder (I renamed it steamapps_bak)
  6. For each Steam installation, open an elevated command prompt (press Windows key, type "cmd" and then "ctrl-shift-enter" to open it elevated) and use the following command
    Code:
    mklink /D "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps" "z:\Steam\steamapps"
    

    This assumes a standard installation location and a network share mapped to "z" in sub-folder steam.

That command makes a soft link to the folder, but it seems to work fine. I have so far only run "Defense Grid: Awakening" off the drive, seemed to install and work fine (was not previously installed on this computer, so yay).

I would recommend not running this off a wireless connection, but it should work fine (if slow). I have the network share attached to my HTPC (share is 3x2TB 7200rpm drives in a RAID-5) with read speeds high enough to saturate the gigabit network connection (with large files, of course).

Let me know if you have any success with this!
Edited by fball922 - 10/25/13 at 8:48am
    
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If you have issues, run Steam as Administrator. Discovered this while trying to play Skyrim.
    
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