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Network Path Not Found

Problem

You can see the error message "Network Path Not Found" on your screen while performing one of the following process:

  • During image creator installation
  • During image creation, while trying to access image repository
  • During image deployment, while reading image from image repository

Cause

This error message will be displayed,

  • when the image repository (network/share path) is not accessible

Solution

To solve this issue follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Ensure that the client computer is accessible

    Check if the client computer is switched on and connected to the network properly (to install image creator and perform image creation). Also, ensure that you have specified the computer name without errors.

    The following steps will help you confirm if the client computer is accessible:

     

    Goto Start > Run > Type computer name prefixed by "\\" and hit the Enter key

  2. Enable "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks"


    For computers using Operating System released before Windows 7, follow the steps mentioned below;

    1. Select Start --> Settings --> Network Connections.
    2. Right-click on Network Connection and select Properties.
    3. In the connection properties dialog, select the General tab.
    4. Select the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" and click OK.
    5. If you do not find this option, click Install button.
    6. In the network component type, select Service and click Add.
    7. Select File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks and click OK.
    8. Click Close to exit the properties dialog

    For computers using Windows 7 as Operating System, follow the steps mentioned below;

    1. Select Start -->Control Panel.
    2. Choose Network and Internet
    3. Select Network and Sharing Center and choose Change Advanced Sharing Settings
    4. Under File and Printer Sharing enable Turn on File and Printer Sharing
    5. Save changes
  3. Configure Windows Firewall:
    Ensure that the firewall/ antivirus applications doesn't block image creator installation.
     
  4. Enable the Administrative Share (Admin$) on the Client Machine

    You will need to edit the registry to enable the default administrative share in client machine.

    For Servers:

    1. Click Start and select Run.
    2. Type regedit in the Run prompt and click OK.
    3. Navigate the following in the Registry Hive and edit the REG_DWORD Value as '1'
      Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters Name: AutoShareServer Data Type: REG_DWORD Value: 1
      Note: 1. If you cannot find the value in the registry under the exact location (i.e. it does not exist) - No need to add new value. A reboot is necessary for this to take effect.

    For Windows Server 2008 R2: In case you have a Windows Server 2008 R2 based domain environment you can enable the Admin$ in your client machine using a Start-Up script. 

    For Workstations:

    1. Click Start and select| Run.
    2. Type regedit in the Run prompt and click OK.
    3. Navigate the following in the Registry Hive and edit the REG_DWORD Value as '0'
      Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters Name: AutoShareWks Data Type: REG_DWORD Value: 0
      Note: If you cannot find the value in the registry under the exact location (i.e. it does not exist) - No need to add new value. A reboot is necessary for this to take effect.

Keywords: Image creator installation, network path not found, image creation, image deployment