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You cannot deploy favorites with URLs that contain the % character
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When you try to deploy favorites with URLs that contain the character ‘%’ (e.g., http://server/web%20for%20us/default.aspx), the favorites will not be applied to the clients.
This problem occurs when you deploy favorites with Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) or with Group Policy.
Information about favorites is stored in install.ins, which is an INI-file formatted text file. Install.ins preserves % characters for use as placeholders, which are resolved when install.ins is processed on the client.
In the install.ins file, you can use placeholders to specify part of a path, for example, %SERVER-URL%, and provide the value of the placeholder in the [Strings] section of the file.
When the file is processed on the client, the favorite is created with the name "Favorite.url". It directly points to http://www.microsoft.com/subweb/default.aspx.
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