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Hello,

I have a problem regarding home folders that get completely removed. There is no trace of them anywhere on the server. These are the options we have looked at so far:

- Hacker(impossible token security)
- Virusses, we have scanned the server several times.
- GPO, ruled out because there have been no majer changes.
- Backup, backup has ben tested and ruled out.
- Disks have been checked if they are damaged. Disks show as healthy.
- Profile paths dissapear with some users aswell.

Does anyone have any ideas what this problem might be?

These servers run on VMWare ESXi
Server 2003 R2
Service pack 2

Thanks!

With kind regards,

Sebastiaan.
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by:Premkumar Yogeswaran
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Hi,
If it is a shared foder access, you can restrict the share permission to READ
so the user cannot delete the folder or files from the server.

Other thought, you can enable the audit for the folder in server.
step guidence:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/step-by-step-how-to-audit-file-and-folder-access-to-improve-windows-2000-pro-security/5034308

Regards,
Prem
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by:AJMeyer66
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Just throwing this out there, not so much a solution but a query.
Did you check to see if the files are actually still there but just set has hidden?
I had a spat of trouble with some users home folders appearing to be empty but when I dug a bit deeper I found that the files had gotten flagged as hidden and in some cases even as system and hidden.
It seemed to have been related to some problems with folder redirects and offline files as well.
Some interaction there was messing up the file status. Also if you do find them check to see who the owner is, in some instances it was getting set to the administrator.
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Sorry we found out eventually what it was. The problem was with the backup, the backup server rebooted in a wrong manner, after rebooting it solved the problem
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