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I was wondering if its still an issue to use spaces or special characters for shared folders? The OS is Windows Server 2008R2.

I would like to name the folder Early Care & Education. Is there any reason not to do it? Or should I rather use Early_Care_and Education ?
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There is no reason not to do this anymore, only problem with not using spaces and strange characters is that it will be quite hard to connect to these shares..
What you could do is name the share Early_Care_and Education but add it to the users folder as the other name you suggested without the \\servername\sharename thing in the Windows Explorer.
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Here is also a link on how to change the driveletter name using VBScript.

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/logon_mapnetworkdrive_rename.htm
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Good Practice:
Be consistent in your file structures
Remove spaces from file names or use punctuation such as underscores to separate words.
Early_Care_and_Education is suggested

Don’t :

“Float” Folders

Placing a space, underscore, or other special characters at the beginning of a folder name will force the folder to “float” to the top of alphabetically sorted lists. However this trick can lead to problems since the folder does not appear in its usual place. For example, someone browsing for the “Projects” folder may miss the “_Projects” folder at the top of the list expecting to see it between the “Marketing” and “Research” folders, and end up creating a duplicate “Projects” folder without the underscore in front.

Don’t use excessively long folder and file names, this can cause problems when backing-up, restoring or copying data.

Avoid Redundancy
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There are still some issues with using special characters.  Our project manager has a folder with a list of open projects and all the file names begin with a "#".  This has caused an issue with some people not being able to open links but it doesn't effect everyone.

There is also the issue of cross platform use.  

Here is Microsoft's article:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa365247(v=vs.85).aspx
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