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Using whoami and dir Commands to Confirm Access to Network Share Resources



This article is written for those less technically experienced Migration App users who may not be well-versed in navigating Windows. If you're an all-around seasoned Windows admin, you probably are already familiar with this process.  

This product is currently in Limited Availability. We invite any Customers interested in using the product to engage Egnyte Professional Services or their Customer Success Manager to have it enabled for their domain.


The information you gather in this process is needed to identify your local admin user identity, which is entered in the System Tray when you initially authenticate your Migration App Agent.


  1. First, identify the user who is accessing a network share.

    In Windows Explorer, navigate to any local folder, such as your C drive. In the upper left corner of the window, click on the blue File tab.

  2. Click on Open Windows PowerShell, and then select Open Windows PowerShell as administrator.


  3. A Windows PowerShell window will open. After PS C:\> (the C-prompt), type (all in one word) the command whoami and hit Enter. This will tell you who is signed in as the Local User (asmith) and provide the machine name (machine1). This is the username we need to insert into the service properties when we initiate the CMM Agent.


  4. Now let’s try to confirm the path of a specific folder. Go back to Windows Explorer and find an existing folder you’d like to map to. In this example, we’ll use \\server\matt.


  5. Returning to PowerShell, type in dir \\server\matt and Enter.

    This confirms that we have the right UNC path (\\server\matt) and that the current user (matt) can access the files and folders listed on the right. You need this information to complete the steps outlined in Using Migration App to Migrate Content from a Network Share.

Questions? Feature Requests? Other Feedback?

If you have feature suggestions or requests, feel free to submit them here, and make sure you mention Migration App in the text.

For more complex requests that would benefit from providing screenshots or other attachments, you may submit them to support@egnyte.com. Be sure to include Migration App in the email title. Our Support team will push your comments to the Product team for consideration.




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