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Path Separators in Windows

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We have mixed XP and Vista clients on our domain and we have problem when specifying roaming profile paths in Windows Server 2008 r2

When I use forward slashes as separators for the profile location in the profile tab of the user account in AD, all is well. Originally all profile paths used this convention and it worked just fine, but when we started buying Windows 7 clients I had to change them to back slashes because Windows 7 roaming profiles will not use forward slashes. However, the back slashes paths will not work for XP!!!!

So it seems forward slashes work for XP, but not for Windows 7, and vice versa.

Can anyone help here? It seems a simple enough problem yet I have been wrestling with the problem almost two days and it has become serious to the extent that we may need to bring in consultants.
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That shouldn't work. There used to be a reg mod, even if only for IE, that detected the wrong slash, and corrected it.....

My Windows 7 machine will not open a UNC path set like that (which is to be expected).....
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You one with forward slashes shouldn't work? It works in Windows XP.

The normal reverse slashes work for Windows 7, as expected, but then the error occurs that I explained in the other thread:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_27287029.html

If I use forward slashes, the above problem magically vanishes. Don't ask me why! But of course, in Windows 7, those forward slashes will not work.
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In Windows XP, this works:
//Server01/User_folders$/Student_profiles/TF02/TF02_test

This does not work:
\\Server01\User_folders$\Student_profiles\TF02\TF02_test

In Windows 7, this works,
\\Server01\User_folders$\Student_profiles\TF02\TF02_test

this does not work:
//Server01/User_folders$/Student_profiles/TF02/TF02_test
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Odd... Never seen it work, just tested on 2xp/2win7 systems as well....

I hope someone has seen this before... I cant help you...
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Crazy is the word. I'll keep you posted if I find a solution.

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The test you did on the XP and Win 7 machines...can you paste the profile path that does work on both your machines?
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Just did a standard "//server/folder/share"...

Tried this on my LT at home to my main PC upstairs.....

//john-7/archives

Failed.....

Did it again, but I let it sit to see if it would AutoComplete the shares, and it worked. Took about 10 seconds.....

Now it wont do it again....

No matter how long I let it wait....

 Im confused now....
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Well, it seems to have gotten better by itself now. But that leaves me feeling uncomfortable. I like to know why things happen!
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Thanks for the help. I guess we'll never know what is really going on here.
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