Vista Folder Redirection with Group Policy

bruce3
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I have 2003 server DC's and I have been redirecting "my documents" folders for users using windows XP just fine, I added 3 Vista machines and none work properly.  I get errors whe I install software too. So as you can see from my attachment GP writes the Path to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders, but Vista does not like this.
Current Value
My Pictures      REG_EXPAND_SZ     \\larry\home$\Libby\My Pictures

I can not install software on these machines, I get the following error.
Error 1324. The path to My Pictures contains an invalid character

Yes I can set the registry values to H:\My pictures and nothing complains but it gets overwritten on the next reboot by group policy to the original above.

Thanks for any help
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Ady FootSharePoint Consultant

Commented:
This has probably got something to do with the $ in the share name.  Please try (humour me) and set this to a different location and see if it proves my point.

Regards,

Ady

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Commented:
Yes I changed the path in the registry for My Pictures to \\larry\test\My Pictures and no complaints during a test install.
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So there you go my friend - it's the dollar sign in your share name that is causing the problems.  You need to either rename the share or map it to a drive and use the drive letter in group policy instead.

Regards,

Ady

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I apprieate the help for the workaround. Although I don't want to change my current GPO that works good in XP. I just tested and windows 7 works fine also. So for now my fix is going to be to upgrade our 3 windows Vista Clients to Windows 7

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