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Hi

We have a windows 2008R2 and we had a shared folder within the server and all of sudden it had dissappared from the E drive. But if i go to any workstation and type the unc path with the server name and the folder name , i can access the  the folder. But if i log into the server with the remote desktop connection i cant see the folder.Any ideas appreciated

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by:Kailash Aghera
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Do you see the file from command prompt on Workstation machine? Login as an administrator and run DOS as an administrator. Then go to E: drive and check if you can see the folder or not.
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by:x3man
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Sounds like a hidden folder. Try the following:

Start>Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab.
Select "Show Hidden files and folders", click Apply/OK.
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by:lianne143
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I logged into the local server and went into the command prompt and
 and went to e drive and when it came to e drive  and entered E:\>dir

still i cant see the folder and this folder is not a hidden folder.
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by:x3man
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Have you tried checking Show hidden files and folders and unchecking Hide protected operating system files?
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by:lianne143
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Hi

x3man
I   tried checking Show hidden files and folders and unchecking Hide protected operating system files.
It shows the folder now

But  is there any reason all of sudden this folder is hidden .
before i used to see this folder without enabling the above options
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by:x3man
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Unset the hidden and system file attributes by using the ATTRIB in command prompt, e.g.:

attrib -s foldername

Do this after you have changed the directory to the location where your folder is stored. (-s will unset the system file attribute and -h will unset the hidden file attribute)

I would also consider configuring auditing for file and folder access (specifically for successful write attributes access on that folder). Then you will hopefully see what is changing the folder attributes to hidden/system. See following for instructions: http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Auditing_Windows_Server_2008_File_and_Folder_Access
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by:lianne143
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I went to the cmd prompt and changed the drice lettet to E and typed  at the bottom it says

E:\>attrib -s foldername
Not resetting hidden file -E:\foldername

E:\>attrib -h foldername
Not resetting systen file -E:\foldername



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Try the following:

attrib -h -s foldername

It looks like you need to set all the attributes you want the file to have, see: http://www.windows-commandline.com/2010/08/attrib-not-resetting-hidden-file.html
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