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I have a shared Users directory that I access at the following UNC path:

\\servername\Users

Inside this directory each User in my company has a folder that they are allowed to store pretty much anything they want. The UNC path for each user is similar to the following:

\\servername\Users\username$

Each user folder is shared directly as well and I can also access each folder with the following path:

\\servername\username$

The server that hosts all of these folders and shares is running on Windows Server 2003.

I have one User, lets call him Joe, who has a folder in this share. Whenever I open the share \\servername\Users from a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 machine I am unable to see his folder listed. However I am still able to directly access his folder with \\servername\Users\Joe$ and \\servername\Joe$.

I do however see Joe's folder listed when I access the same shares from a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 machine.

I have already double checked all of the share and security permissions on his folder and they are correct and match every other users folder.

What could be causing this?

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By default when you add the $ character to a share, it becomes a hidden share. So if you have \\SERVER\Folder and \\SERVER\Folder1$ both with the same permissions, you will NOT be able to see Folder1$ when you browse to \\SERVER.

The relevant MS knowledge base article is here but the first line of the article:

A hidden share is identified by a dollar sign ($) at the end of the share name. Hidden shares are not listed when you look through the shares on a computer or use the net view command.

Says it all.

EDIT Per our discussion below, the only solution I can think of is to delete/recreate the folder and see what happens. I'm baffled as to what would cause the behavior otherwise.

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That is interesting because all of my users shares are of this format and I can see there shares just fine.... Joe user is the only one I can not see using this method. –  Nic Young Dec 22 '11 at 19:17
    
And also I can see Joe user's share from an XP or 2003 machine –  Nic Young Dec 22 '11 at 19:18
    
So when you go to \\SERVER\Users and look at the properties of user TIM, who you are normally able to see, is his folder called TIM and shared as TIM$? –  Driftpeasant Dec 22 '11 at 19:22
    
No user TIM's folder is called TIM$ and his share is TIM$ –  Nic Young Dec 22 '11 at 19:29
    
Then I am baffled, to be honest... I don't know what would cause that behavior for one user, when the rest are fine, and other MS OSes can see it. The best advice I can give at this point is delete and recreate the folder and see what happens. –  Driftpeasant Dec 22 '11 at 19:37
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