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Missing synchronized files

Posted on 2013-01-29
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I have a user who is running WinXP SP3 and was connected to a Server2003 domain.  His My Documents folder was synchronized to a folder on the server.  The server crashed, but he continued to use the local copy of these files.  Suddenly, last week, those files were no longer available.  I searched his local drive and tried RecoverMyFiles (in recover erased files mode) but wasn't able to find them.  Any idea where those files could be (or have gone)?
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by:smckeown777
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'The server crashed' - I assume the server is now back up and running?

If this is 'offline files' then the files should be on the server still, possibly the sync between client and server is not working...or when the client reconnected to the server something else happened and the offline cached copy on the xp machine is now deleted...

Have you not access to the server, check the GPO that does FolderRedirection to see where the files are normally stored and check they are on the server

Are there not other machines connected to the server using offline files as well?
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by:lgottlieb45
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The server would not boot.  Since he was the only one still using it we powered it down and it has been shut down ever since.  We are looking for the files that were (I guess) in the offline cache when the server went down and have been modified (and added to) since then. Can the offline cache be recovered?
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smckeown777 earned 500 total points
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Not an expert on XP offline cache, but according to this posting it is possible...

http://www.tubblog.co.uk/blog/2008/08/21/recovering-offline-files-in-windows-xp/

Need a few tools to get it working, most of them are linked in the above posting, so hopefully you can get what you need...
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by:lgottlieb45
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The upgrade to CSCCMD 1.1 was the key factor.  Thanks so much!!!
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