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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB974103

You cannot access the shared files or folders that are hosted on a Windows Server 2008-based or Vista-based computer if the path contains a junction point

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista.
  • You create a mount point on a volume that uses the NTFS file system on this computer.
  • You create a junction point to the location of this mount point on the volume.
  • You share the root folder of this volume.
  • You access files and folders that are located at the mount point by using this shared root folder from one of the following computers:
    • A computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP.
    • A computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista if the Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0 protocol is disabled on the computer.

In this scenario, you cannot access files and folders on the volume by using the junction point, and you receive the following error message:

[Share_Path] is not accessable. You might not have permissions to use this network resource. Contact the Administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The data present in the reparse point buffer is invalid.

Note: You can access these same files and folders by using the mount point.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB974103.

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