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Recovering offline files and folder from CSC on the client side when the server share has been lost

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We have the following problem:

All our users (300+) were configured with off-line files and folder redirection for My Documents and Desktop to our File Server A. This server (A) was taken off-line for maintenance on a weekend but ended up loosing its RAID configuration and all the data on it. Then the server was reconstructed, but the backup holding a copy of the user files was corrupted. So when the server A went back into production on Monday, the users folders on the server side were empty, but supposedly there was a copy on each client computer (the off-line copies). But unfortunately the folders My Documents and Desktop on the client side were emptied as well and no synchronisation had occurred in the direction CLIENT > SERVER...so we ended up with empty folders on both sides.

Our question is: is it possible to recover the users files from the Windows XP's Database that holds the data regarding off-line files and how? (i.e. the CSC database at the %systemroot%\CSC directory).

Thanks in advance,
Kostadin
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What u need to have is a Tool from Microsoft called "csccmd.exe" and then u will get a "Command Shell" that runs and looks exactly like windows xp command prompt.
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@ Pablovr, thank you! I will give it a try. Now I´m reading about it, version 1.1.
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Kostadin
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You can read more about this command in this page:

http://www.offlinefiles.blogspot.com/2008/05/csccmdexe-offline-files.html

"...To extract a file/folder from the local cache
csccmd.exe /EXTRACT:\\server\share\path /TARGET:Path
TARGET specifies the destination folder. ..."

And also download the exe file from:
http://offlinefiles.blogspot.com/2008/05/csccmdexe-download.html
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Thank you Pablovr!
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