Add a non-indexed UNC as a library in Windows 7
There is an occasion when you may want to add a non indexed UNC path to a library inside of your Windows 7 system. Normally Windows bitches and complains when you try to hook up a UNC path that is not indexed but by tricking it we can make it happen. Here is how you do it.
1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
2. Link the Library to this folder.
3. Now delete the music folder but leave the c:\share folder.
4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above.
mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
5. Your done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library in Windows 7.
This process works much better than the other option which is to make “Available Offline”. If your like me and have a very large storage server running a OS like Linux or BSD to house all your media then making it available offline is no good. It would require a copy of the entire share be placed on your local drive and that could cost you every piece of free space on my Windows 7 system and then some.
I hope this helps someone out there with large media shares get their library setup.