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What happens to Offline Files when server crashes?

Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hi everyone,

We had our file server crashed last week. This server was used for redirected user Desktop and My Documents folder.

This was setup with Folder Redirection along with Offline Files group policy. All user files were set to be available offline on server disconnect.

When server crashed, users continued to work on the offline copies of their files. We rebuilt the server and unfortunately we couldn't recover the lost data and there was no backup either.

Now, as per the mechanism of Offline Files, since everyone got an offline copy, no problem at user side.

But what should happen when server is back online? Shouldn't it synchronize all offline files from users back to the server again?

Since the server is back online, offline files from user PCs just disappeared. Reboot/Logoff/Logon didn't help even though at log off it shows synchronizing with server successfully.

On the server side we found files available but not all the files. More than 80% of data is missing.

Any help will be really really appreciated.
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