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At my workplace, some objects in AD and some drive mappings in network have $ sign as part of their path/name/identifier.

For example a security group "$Sales" and "SQLServer2005MSFTEUser$servername$MSSQLSERVER"; or if I key in "Y:" in the windows explorer address bar, it brings up "D$ (\\servername) (Y:)"

Is there any significance of the $ symbol? A naming convention? windows pathname feature?

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If a folder or drive is shared with a $ at the end of the name, it is a "hidden" or "admin" share that is not displayed if you go to \\servername\. You would have to type in the full path manuall, such as \\server\c$. Each drive on a Windows machine has is shared by default (along with IPC and admin) but can only be accessed my admin accounts.

I haven't seen a $ in front of a group before so I am unable to help with that.

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The $ in the group name is probably just a local convention invented by the OP's IT folk. –  Harry Johnston Nov 16 '11 at 20:54
    
@tombull89 I edited the AD object name for clarification. Even the SQL created group has $ in it. –  Jake Nov 17 '11 at 3:10
    
@tombull89 is the $ automatically appended to the name by the system or can I manually rename my drive name and it will magically become "hidden" or "admin"? –  Jake Nov 17 '11 at 3:16
    
@Jake You have to append the $ yourself when you share the folder or drive. –  John Allers Nov 17 '11 at 5:37
    
@Jake: in the case of the SQL group, the $ is just being used to separate the different parts of the name for readability. It has no particular significance. –  Harry Johnston Nov 19 '11 at 6:31
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