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Unable to connect to Win2008 Server share with space in the name

Last Modified: 2013-11-12

I seem to be having a problem between my MacBook Pro and accessing my home directory on our Windows 2008 server. The path to my home directory contains a space as well as the $ symbol at the end (the share is hidden). The share maps fine to my Vista desktop, and I am also able to connect to another hidden share on the same server that doesn't contain a space.

The path I'm trying to get to is (replaced actual server names with examples):
\\server\my department$\username

I am using the Go -> Connect to Server menu in the Finder. I enter the following to connect: smb://server/my%20department$/username

After a few seconds, I am prompted for my username and password, which I enter (which works fine for the other space-less share). I then get the following error message:

A volume failed to mount.
The volume "My Department$/username" could not be mounted.

I click OK. Then I get this error message.

Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred.
(Error code -6602)

I am running OSX 10.5.4 on my MBP, connected via gig-ethernet (same result using wifi). The server is Windows 2008 Standard. Both server and laptop are currently updated with all patches. Laptop's firewall is turned off.

Is there a reason why OSX wouldn't connect to this share, which I know the path is correct I can access it from a Windows system. I know the MBP can access another share without a space in the name on the same server, so my permissions must be fine (I'm a domain admin, so have local admin perms as well). This used to work on 10.4 just fine, so has something changed?

Thank you for your assistance with this!

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