I’ve been experimenting heavily lately with SharePoint 2013 and the entire process wrapped around Branding sites. I am one of those people that rely on working on the actual SharePoint server because I do branding and development.

Design Manager

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Design Manager is the process of uploading your design files to your site. As part of this process when you get to step #3 it will tell you to map a network folder to easily upload your design assets to the Master Pages gallery.

To map my folder I use the normal process of doing such. Something like this –> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308582

Doing this caused an error on my basic Windows 2008 R2 server.

Error – Windows cannot access http://<SITE>

Error Code: 0x80070043

The network name cannot be found.

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How to Fix

Add the feature ‘Desktop Experience’ to your server

By going to server manager and adding this feature, upon reboot I was able to successfully map the network drive to my SharePoint 2013 master pages gallery

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Comments
  • Waheeda Dudekula
    Posted at 5:52 pm January 5, 2016
    Waheeda Dudekula
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    There are a few more things I had to tweak to get this working. I have documented step-by-step in the following link – https://medium.com/@dwaheeda/how-to-map-a-master-page-gallery-in-sharepoint-2013-office-365-design-manager-master-page-3a87ef589cb3#.avzs2tyvd

  • Sathish Nadarajan
    Posted at 11:10 am February 18, 2014
    Sathish Nadarajan
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    Thomas, But still I could not add this folder into my Map drive. But, one thing is this is not a fresh installation of OS and even the SharePoint. This machine, we have been using for various purposes till now. We cannot format also. Can you please provide some other solution for this.

    • Thomas Daly
      Posted at 3:02 pm February 21, 2014
      Thomas Daly
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      Sorry – I don’t have the answer for that. This is just one thing to check if you are having that problem. There could be many other issues if you are on a different environment.

  • sadique
    Posted at 3:54 am December 5, 2013
    sadique
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    thank you verymuch….its works

  • Purnil
    Posted at 3:10 am August 30, 2013
    Purnil
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    Very helpful post. Thanks.

  • mzahid
    Posted at 8:22 am June 27, 2013
    mzahid
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    this service is already installed but still unable to connect

    • Thomas Daly
      Posted at 10:51 pm August 1, 2013
      Thomas Daly
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      Are you able to elaborate any more? There could be a number of things wrong. This particular fix was performed on a clean install of the OS and SharePoint Server for my development machines. After doing so it would allow me to connect to same machine as local.

  • Mel Colón
    Posted at 1:14 pm April 17, 2013
    Mel Colón
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    Windows Server 2012, it’s under ‘User interface and infrastructure’ for those that couldn’t find it … http://blogs.technet.com/b/meamcs/archive/2012/05/01/how-to-add-desktop-experience-feature-on-windows-server-8-beta.aspx

  • Chris
    Posted at 1:08 pm March 22, 2013
    Chris
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    Thanks for this was tearing my hair out on server 2008 with a completely different message and this works!

  • JP
    Posted at 4:22 pm February 20, 2013
    JP
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    Kudos, this was completely un-intuitive.

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