files disappearing in windows 2003 dfs

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what can cause files to disappear in windows 2003 dfs share
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People deleting them.
ronwilliamsIT manager

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nope...the complete folder structure(67 folders) is intact, but all excel and word documents are gone...
It could be the way Excel and Word handles files - it saves under a temporary name and then deletes the old file and renames the temporary file to the original file

Could be that the DFS is seeing the 'deletion' as being the latest 'update' to the file, so it's deleting it.
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DonNetwork Administrator

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You may need to...
 
Edit the Quota Size of the Staging Folder and Conflict and Deleted Folder
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754229.aspx
DonNetwork Administrator

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There's also a hotfix that may pertain
 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967357/LN/ 
 
And more on the conflict and deleted folder
 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951010 
ronwilliamsIT manager

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that particular share is not a DFS share, although DFS is on the server
DonNetwork Administrator

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"that particular share is not a DFS share"
 
???
 
is this a DFS question or not ?  :)
ronwilliamsIT manager

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not....
DonNetwork Administrator

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Then why the "DFS" in both the title of your question and the question?
 
Try to provide more info to get your resolution.
ronwilliamsIT manager

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initially I thought all shares on the server were DFS.  After further investigation, the "home" share is not DFS.  THe server does show some DFS errors.  But I'm not clear how those errors would impact non-DFS share.
DonNetwork Administrator

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Do you have VSS(Previous versions) enabled on the share to recover the files ?
Do you have auditing enabled on the files to track deletions ?
Do you have Offline files enabled ?
ronwilliamsIT manager

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I recently enabled shadow copy, but after the files were reported deleted.
no auditing
no offline files
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Is the "Home" folder the redirected folder location for users "My Documents" ?
 
Did you follow this when setting up?
 
How to dynamically create security-enhanced redirected folders by using folder redirection in Windows 2000 and in Windows Server 2003
 
You should also use ABE on the share so that the users can only see files/folders that they are "Owner" of
http://sreerajnair.com/2010/08/08/hiding-folders-with-access-based-enumeration-abe/
 
Not sure how you can go about recovering the already deleted files, unless they were backed up. But using the above can help eliminate it from happening again.

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