I need help in finding the shortest distance between two points in a shape file. That is the actual distance between the points not the straight line distance.

I have the shape files for points, routes. I need to generate a complete matrix that gives me shortest distance from one point to another this is complete problem i have. If you could help me with finding the actual distance the network distance (along the polyline) between two points I could extend it to my need.

Thank you

I have the shape files for points, routes. I need to generate a complete matrix that gives me shortest distance from one point to another this is complete problem i have. If you could help me with finding the actual distance the network distance (along the polyline) between two points I could extend it to my need.

Thank you

If you are not familiar with how to do this, then I would encourage you to read through the Network Analyst tutorial and work through its exercises. This will show you how to build network datasets and run analysis on them.