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Disconnecting a hidden remote connection

by on Sep.21, 2008, under Windows

One fine morning I was surprised to see the error “Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user using more than one user name are not allowed” when I was trying to connect a network drive. I  verified for network connection in  windows explorer but I could not find any connections. Here is a way to solve it.

1. Goto command prompt.
2. Type “NET USE” (with out codes) to view all the connections active or inactive.


Status       Local     Remote                    Network
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Unavailable  M:        \192.168.0.100Music     Microsoft Windows Network
OK                     \192.168.0.103m$        Microsoft Windows Network
The command completed successfully.

3. Type “NET USE \<remote_resource_name>” (with out codes and replace <remote_resource_name> with the actual name) to display the complete details.


Local name        Z:
Remote name       \<remote_resource_name>
Resource type     Disk
Status            OK
# Opens           2
# Connections     1
The command completed successfully.

4. To disconnect this resource use the command without codes as “NET USE \<remote_resource_name> /DELETE
5. Now you are available to connect the remote resource.

Here are the other ways to disconnect through GUI if the connection is visible.

If the connection is mapped to the drive letter.
1. Open the Windows explorer
2. Goto Tools and choose the option Disconnect Network Drive
3. Choose the drive letter and click Disconnect.

If the connect is not mapped to the drive letter.
1. Right click on MyComputer
2. Choose Disconnect Network Drive and it display the all the resources connected
3. Choose the resource name or the drive letter and click OK

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1 Comment for this entry

  • Eric J

    Hey. big question for me that I’m not able to find an answer to.

    If a computer is remotely accessing your shares, how do you disconnect the remote computer from accessing your server, without disconnecting your ethernet cable?

    The only workable command prompt option that I have found is “NET PAUSE SERVER”.

    “NET SESSION /DELETE” closes the session, but if the remote comptuter did not use “NET USE * /DELETE” then they can connected again without needed to log in.

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