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Hi there,

I'm attempting to restore some files from shadow copy, but no matter how far back I check (even a month or more) I'm seeing the same version of the file as is current.

So for example I have a file that was modified on 9/12/2011 at 3:00 PM.  If I pull up Previous Versions and go to for example 8/30/2011 at 7:00 AM, that file still shows that it was modified at 9/12/2011 at 3:00 PM.

What's going on here?  The server on which these files are located is running Server 2003 Standard SP2.

Thanks!
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Rodney Barnhardt earned 2000 total points
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I had the same problem when looking from a Windows 7 machine. You didn't mention how you are trying to restore them, so here is the link for the fix.

http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-7/windows-7-problems-access-previous-version-of-files-in-windows-server-2003/
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by:SR_Tech
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I am attempting to restore them from a Windows 7 PC.  However, the registry value mentioned in your fix (HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Parameters\DisableDownLevelTimewarp) does not exist.
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by:Rodney Barnhardt
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This link talks about where they deleted the key. Changed the symptoms, then added it back. If it is not there, that may be part of the problem. This is a common registry key, so I am not sure why it isn't present. You should be able to add it and not even have to reboot the server for the desired results.

http://www.grassrootsit.com.au/2010/blog/windows-7-previous-versions-not-appearing-correctly-on-server-2003-network/
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Recreating the value has not corrected the issue.
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by:Rodney Barnhardt
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Just to verify what you are seeing, check the link below. This has screen shots, and everything points to this registry key.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/10/21/windows-7-cannot-access-shadow-copies-in-sbs-2003.aspx
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That's not quite the symptoms I'm experiencing though... I can see the previous dates, and they are listed as they should be, but once I open one of them to view the files, that is where I'm having the problem, as the files from the previous dates have the same date/timestamp as the current files.
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by:Rodney Barnhardt
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I have performed a lot of searching, but anything related to Shadow copies and Windows 7 deal around that registry change I sent you. There are some VSS hotfixes, but they seem to be for when shadow copies stop working. Are there any errors in your event viewer for VSS.
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