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UNC
Last modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 

Short for Universal Naming Convention or Uniform Naming Convention, a PC format for specifying the location of resources on a local-area network (LAN). UNC uses the following format:

\\server-name\shared-resource-pathname

So, for example, to access the file test.txt in the directory examples on the shared server silo, you would write:

\\silo\examples\test.txt

You can also use UNC to identify shared peripheral devices, such as printers. The idea behind UNC is to provide a format so that each shared resource can be identified with a unique address.

UNC is supported by Windows and many network operating systems (NOS's).

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