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Ping UNC path


The code Directory.Exists(“uncPath”); is too slow for unavailable/disconnected unc path. So, to solve this issue, we can ping the unc path before checking for the directory. The following code snippet will give you an idea of pinging unc path, 

       public static bool PingUNCPath(string uncPath)
           string hostNameOrAddress = string.Empty;
           string[] uncPathMembers = uncPath.Split(‘\\’);

           //You may have a path some thing like \\\\abcd001\\Documents\\New\\

          //We need only the computer name. So split the path.

           //Get the host name or address.
           foreach (string pathName in uncPathMembers)
               if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(pathName))
                   //first non empty word is host name
                   hostNameOrAddress = pathName;
               System.Net.NetworkInformation.Ping ping = new  System.Net.NetworkInformation.Ping();
               System.Net.NetworkInformation.PingReply reply = ping.Send (hostNameOrAddress, 200); //200ms

               if (reply.Status == System.Net.NetworkInformation.IPStatus.Success)
                   return true;
           catch //if host name is not found, you get ping exception!!!
               //Invalid Operation
               //Not supported
               //Ping exception
               //Socket exception
               //object disposed exception
               return false;

           return false;


JG Vimalan


August 10, 2009 - Posted by | C#.NET

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