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We used to have Novell Netware for our network.  We switched to a windows 2008 domain recently.
With Novell I could right click on a shared directory and "salvage" files that have been moved or deleted.  I am having issues with users moving/deleting files on accident.
Is there a way to view this information in windows?  
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The closest feature in Windows 2003/2008 is Volume Shadow Copy.
Here's a brief article on setting it up in 2003: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/datacenter/?p=177
Here is a much longer article for 2008... http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Configuring_Volume_Shadow_Copy_on_Windows_Server_2008

Unfortunately it isn't as good as Salvage on Netware, but it's the closest feature I've seen in the Windows environment.
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Thanks, I have this setup but although it is very nice, it does not show me who deleted/moved files.  It does help with restoring files, I have a couple of repeat offenders and I am having trouble tracking them down.  Thanks for the info though.  Windows is really nice but I do miss several features from novell.
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Agreed.
I apologize -- now I understand why you used a subject of File Auditing.
There is file auditing in Windows as well
(http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Auditing_Windows_Server_2008_File_and_Folder_Access)
But it too is nowhere near as graceful as Salvage.  You need to specifically turn on Auditing, then configure what events you want to track -- and when something happens sift thru the security logs to find the specific event you wanted.  

We have third party utilities (http://www.kb-tech.com/auditutility.asp for example) set up to maintain an audit of specific locations for compliance with third party legislative issues... so there are other options which are more graceful than the Windows integrated solution, but they are a little more intensive to set up and pricier.
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this is answered.
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