New-PSDrive error folder not found

Hi all. I’m trying to use New-PSDrive to map a network location to the powershell session, all part of some server build scripts. However, I’ve had to revert back to ‘net use’ as New-PSDrive seems a little broken to me - or rather, the way it works is different to what is written in the TechNet article on it (or I’m missing something that isnt mentioned on there).

Here’s my command:

$AdminUser = “domain\user”
$AdminPass = ConvertTo-SecureString -String ‘p4ssw0rd’ -AsPlainText -Force
$Cred = New-Object pscredential -ArgumentList $AdminUser,$AdminPass
New-PSDrive -Name “scripts” -PSProvider “FileSystem” -Root “\server\share$” -Credential $Cred


This gives me an error which I dont understand:

The specified root “\server\share$” either does not exist, or it is not a folder.

This seems like a nonsense error to me, since I can browse to that folder from the very same server I am running this command from, and even net use works fine with that folder. I have had to switch to net use, but would ideally prefer to use PS commands.

Any ideas?

From your working server, as the user account that executes the script, what happens when you ping the target server?

What happens if you Get-ChildItem “\server\share$” ?