Missing files from file server - Windows 2003

Posted on 2012-09-10
Last Modified: 2012-10-15

We have a 2003 file server. In the past 6 months we had two cases of folders missing. The company says that it is impossible to be deleted ( I also checked - there are not moved into other folders). This folders are rearly used and it seems that the folders are missing from more than a month (they have a 5 day backup to tape). We checked the server and it indicates no hardware issues. How we can track the issue and solve it.
Question by:goliveuk
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    Accepted Solution

    1) you can enable file auditting in group policy, this should show who is delating the folders.

    2) enable / use pervios versions to get your data back quicker.
    It's not going to delete itself.  Are there any scripts that control any type of archiving etc..?

    if users are doing a search then delete they could delete from mutipule folders without issue.

    Strange but someting must be setting it off. Keep an eye on file count daily and see if it drop. see if it always happen over night or something.

    Also some things like backupexec can delete after backup. I'm sure you don't but worth a check to see if you have anything like this in place.
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    by:Shani Basha
    I have encountered these types of annoying issues and it is very difficult to trace this. Then I implemented Change Auditor for Windows File Servers from Quest software which is a nice and efficient tool to audit all types of file operations. The down side is this is a costly tool :(
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    by:Shani Basha
    And yeah.. group policy for file operations will degrade the domain controller performance in a big file server infrastructure like mine
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    Assisted Solution

    You should give a look to IS Decisions FileAudit, a software solution that allows you to:

    - Monitor access (or access attempts) to files and folders stored on Windows servers
    - Automatically archive all file access events occurring on Windows servers for future reference
    - Display file and folder access history in a printable report that can be scheduled to run automatically
    - Export file and folder access history data to Excel for in-depth analysis and control

    Detailed info and trial:

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